John C. Turmel, B. Eng., 19990526
Ralph Nader, Consumer Watch, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Ralph: We met at your talk at the University of Mississippi. I hope you had the chance to scan my book, The Adventures of John The Engineer Turmel. As you publish a newsletter for bankers, I hope you noted my anti-bank activities. If so, you're aware that my funding of LETS timecurrencies was just one tactic added to legal and political challenges I pursued on a pauper's resources. I do believe I was the first person to bring the unsafe engineering design of money to your attention and have often since then pointed to your endorsement of 1/s interest-free currency systems to bolster my arguments. At your Mississippi meeting, your presentation would have been pure doom and gloom had you not, in answer to my prompt on a question about a US National LETS, perked up the audience with the success story of the quadriplegic on the Phil Donohue show who explained how he paid for his rides with Hours earned organizing their library. Instead of people people leaving the meeting with a feeling of hopeless dread at corporate control, they left with a feeling of hope at employment liberation. You could have capitalized on it. Having been the engineer to derive the equation and then fund the Local Employment-Trading System software and the politician to run in 47 elections telling Greendollar, Timedollar, and Hour stories, I know what crowd-pleasers those success stories can be. It took but this one successful Employment-Trading story to change the tone of your meeting from dread to hope. Your subsequent reference to Brooklyn Greenbacks, Ithaca and El Paso Hours cinched the upbeat tone so that Pauline Morrissette noted 28 names on your LETS info sheet. I think any other politician who could walk into a meeting of 100 people and end up with 28 signatures to join a database would consider that quite a score. I doubt your other interest sheets scored so well. And you weren't even trying. Imagine how many names you could have had on a Nader LETS financial database if you were trying to sign them up. Using only everyone's business cards, you could broker a hypothetical circle of trades and then point out the possible "fait accomplit" if they simply all sign up and make their promises binding. Posting each business card on a board in Occupational order as trades are brokered shows them what their ad would look like in the Directory. And they could contribute Green to purchase resources to your campaign right then and there. In 1993, I ran for Canadian Prime Minister as head of my 80 candidate Abolitionist Party slate to promote National LETS. In 1996, you ran for President with LETS less prominently in your party program. I asked for your endorsement of a US National LETS and though you got good mileage with some local models, you didn't respond to the national question. Green parties around the world have been endorsing LETS for a decade, though never prominently. I've always joked that LETS is a rocket engine and the Green's have got it installed in their lawn-mowers. LETS is now being endorsed by more and more religions and political parties. I've got endorsements from Catholics, Protestants, Muslims and Jews. Green parties, Liberal parties, Socialist parties, Capitalist parties, leading to the conclusion that an interest-free time-trading barter system is on the verge of sweeping the world. Once my Mondex card includes a LETS Green account with all my other accounts, I know what currency I'm going to be using 100% of the time. Politicians world-wide are hailing the LETS solution. Check out my web site for recent endorsements by the UK government. But you were the first American to champion the cause. Since a National LETS Hourdollar System needs a political champion in the United States, who better deserves the votes of many databases of happy US LETS users who might support you if you championed their upbeat success stories more prominently. Every LETS you talk them into helping themselves with becomes a database of votes for you in your quest for national LETS.
1999 Chicago Local Currencies Conference I will be speaking at this year's Chicago Local Currencies conference. Many advocates including Edgar Cahn will be there. Is there any chance you could be there? I'm sure you could get on several panels and your presence would certainly generate the attention this worthy poor people's conference deserves. I picked up 9 new books at TOES97 which mentioned that using LETS Timedollars is a prerequisite to a sustainable society. If there is LETS reform being touted anywhere internationally, this is it. You should come and get your name prominently associated with the LETS movement. I know that my world record for political persistence now gets the interest of media which permits me to inject the more serious LETS information in with the more flamboyant activities. That a professional gambling winner would be the world's biggest political loser provides too much of a paradox for them to ignore. All I know is that I bet on LETS from the start and that's the bet I'm going to want to be talking about. Would you be interested in joining us in discussions of linking all America's local currencies under the Hour standard of value and making it an issue in your upcoming national elections? If so, I would pleased to have you attend my presentation on July 11, 3p.m. Hoping you see the same potential in national LETS that I do, I am, yours truly,
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