James Robertson (activist)

James Robertson (activist)

James Robertson (born August 11 1928), a British-born political and economic thinker and activist, became an independent writer and speaker in 1974 after an early career as a British civil servant.

He studied Greats at Balliol College, Oxford from 1946 to 1950 where he played cricket and rugby football, and ran cross-country for the University.

After serving on British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan’s staff during his "Wind of Change" tour of Africa in 1960, Robertson spent three years in the Cabinet Office. Following that he became Director of inter-bank research for the big British banks.

In the mid-1980s Robertson was a prominent co-founder with his wife, Alison Pritchard, of The Other Economic Summit (TOES) and the New Economics Foundation. He is a member of Feasta and a patron of SANE (South Africa New Economics Foundation), which was set up following his visit there in 1996.

In October 2003, at the XXIX annual conference of the Pio Manzu Research Centre, Rimini, Italy (closely associated with the UN), he was awarded a gold medal for his "remarkable contribution to the promotion of a new economics grounded in social and spiritual values" over the past 25 years.

Robertson's recent books include:
* "Creating New Money: A Monetary Reform for the Information Age" (co-written with Joseph Huber) (New Economics Foundation, 2000)
* "Beyond The Dependency Culture" (Adamantine/Praeger, 1998)
* "The Transformation of Economic Life" (Schumacher Briefing No 1, Green Books, 1998)
* "A New Economics of Sustainable Development", a "Briefing for Policymakers" written for the European Commission in 1997 (Kogan Page, 1999).

He and his wife live in Oxfordshire.

Recurring themes of his work

*Basic Income
*Citizen's Income
*Ecological Consciousness
*Economic Justice
*Local Self-Reliance
*Monetary reform, System of Money and Finance
*New Economics
*Patterns of change
*Sane Alternative
*Social Investment
*Social justice
*Voluntary simplicity


* "Monetary Reform - Making it Happen" (2004), ISBN 0-9546727-0-4
* "Creating New Money: A Monetary Reform for the Information Age" (2000), ISBN 1-899407-29-4
* "The New Economics of Sustainable Development: A Briefing for Policy Makers" (1999), ISBN 0-312-22697-7
* "Transforming Economic Life: A Millennial Challenge" (1998), ISBN 1-870098-72-2
* "Beyond the Dependency Culture: People, Power and Responsibility", ISBN 0-275-96315-2
* "Sharing Our Common Heritage: Resource Taxes and Green Dividends" (1998)
* "Future Wealth: A New Economics for the 21st Century" (1989), ISBN 0-304-31933-3
* "Future Work: Jobs, Employment and Leisure after the Industrial Age" (1985)
* "The Sane Alternative: a choice of futures" (1980), ISBN 093610600X
* "Power, Money and Sex: Towards a New Social Balance" (1976), ISBN 0-7145-2554-5
* "Profit or People? The New Social Role of Money" (1974), ISBN 0-7145-0773-3
* "Reform of British Central Government" (1971), ISBN 0-7011-1743-5

ee also

* Full-reserve banking

External links

* [http://www.jamesrobertson.com "Working for a Sane Alternative"] - Robertson's web site, with biography, and downloadable texts of many of the books listed above

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