July 1, 2009: This interview / article discusses the history and future of economic systems. Each successive system has focused the wealth into fewer and fewer hands, and resulted in a greater disparity between the poor and the rich. People used to be motivated to spend their money and improve their communities - now the system is set up such that the prime motivation is to hoard wealth, and our money itself is based on debt.
Concepts explored in the article:
Age of Cathedrals
Federal Reserve System
Grain-based Local Currency
Monopoly by Royal Decree
The interview is not really News, it's just an interesting source of insight into how economies used to function and how we got to where we are.
The person interviewed in the article has written a book called Life Inc., which explores some similar concepts.