Y no Scrip Scripts?
The "dramatic" era of cowboys was actually a brief temporary expedient, necessary because ranches developed in anticipation of the railroads. Cattle drives took cattle from the ranches to the current end of track. Soon the railroad network met the ranches and no drives were needed.
The "dramatic" Pony Express was even briefer, again a temporary expedient until railroads were ready to carry the mail across the Rockies.
Despite the temporary and accidental nature of both setups, both have generated a long tradition of stories and movies and radio and TV shows. Euro moviemakers carried on the cowboy tradition after US moviemakers were tired of it.
Why don't we have EVEN ONE STORY about the scrip era?
Scrip was also a temporary expedient, necessary while FDR cleaned out the evil bankers. Scrip also showed the American ability to self-organize, far more HEROICALLY than cattle drives. Local businesses and civic clubs developed and printed their own scrip, putting in time and money that was never compensated by profit. They created VALUE AND BEAUTY
all on their own and made the system work properly. They accomplished the task FAST with no government instruction.
They deserve better treatment. As far as I can tell, scrip wasn't even recognized in business journals of the era, nor any fiction or radio or movies.... except for one incidental mention
in the best of all radio and TV shows.
The movie about George Bailey vs Mr Potter recognizes the same spirit of the same moment, and has become immensely popular; but it doesn't mention scrip.
Suggested titles: Starkweather Signs Again!
or Showdown at the OK Printshop!
or Ridin For The Chamber!
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Come to think of it, there's a much more immediate and concrete application of the Scrip Spirit. Self-organizing can work around governmental paralysis. The British dysgovernment has been locked in a seizure for two years, like a demented dinosaur screeching and twitching and thrashing across the landscape, smashing everything and solving nothing. You don't have to stand still and wait for it to squash you.
As I wrote a couple weeks ago:
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The process of splitting doesn't need to be complex. It could take about one month. Unsign all relevant treaties, delete all "laws" inserted to satisfy EU, publish the changes, send the changes to Brussels. Since all of the "laws" have been made since 1993, all are well within the era of computer-based records, and all are explicitly written. No need to dig back through centuries of tradition and Common Law and Domesday Books and Magna Carta. One month to do a thorough job.
And after that, just CONTINUE TRADING. If your business buys stuff from France or Krautland, continue buying. If you sell stuff to Spain or Italy, keep selling.
IF ANYONE TRIES TO STOP YOU, DISOBEY.
If businesses really WANTED to trade, they would ORGANIZE A UNION (like the Hanseatic League) to apply BULLY FORCE to the bureaucrats. All traders in all relevant countries, working together, would have an unstoppable BULLY POWER against all of their governments.
Bullies like Juncker give way when they encounter serious resistance.
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If 1933 US scrip is too distant, Ireland created an identical self-solution in 1970.
Banks were closed by a strike, so pubs set up a scrip network.
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