Global Currency Proposed By Russia

Writing in the World Order of Baha’u’llah, Shoghi Effendi envisioned the future:

A mechanism of world inter-communication will be devised, embracing the whole planet, freed from national hindrances and restrictions, and functioning with marvellous swiftness and perfect regularity. A world metropolis will act as the nerve centre of a world civilization, the focus towards which the unifying forces of life will converge and from which its energizing influences will radiate. A world language will either be invented or chosen from among the existing languages and will be taught in the schools of all the federated nations as an auxiliary language to their mother tongue. A world script, a world literature, a uniform and universal system of currency, of weights and measures, will simplify and facilitate intercourse and understanding among the nations and races of mankind.

Keeping in mind that the above was written in 1938, you can’t help but be awed by his prophetic vision. We can easily identify many of the things he outlines.

The internet – connecting everyone, almost instantaneously; allowing for the world to bear witness to the violent crushing of protests on the streets of Tehran.

A supplementary language? English obviously. It is spoken and taught in almost every place on earth. It has become the de facto language of commerce, naval and aerial navigation, computer programming, etc.

A uniform and universal system of weights and measures? The metric system is the standard in all but 3 countries.

And just recently – at the G-8 Summit in L’Aquila, Italy – Russian President Dmitry Medvedev called for a “supranational” world currency and to have something to show the world leaders, he gave them a sample coin minted in Belgium:

supranational coin 'unity in diversity'

global currency coin

medvedev world currency G8 summit

It even has a website: Future World Currency

united future world currency

To be fair, this is not the first coin to be inspired by the phrase ‘unity in diversity’. In 2006 India minted a 10 Rupee coin designed by National Institute of Design which had the symbolic representation of the concept: 4 lines and dots coming together:

10 rupee coins symbol unity in diversity

I know that this proposal won’t amount to much but it is remarkable news nevertheless. A world currency is still a long ways off, of course. But with the success of the Euro, which united Europe’s main group of countries and has since expanded to several others, the idea of a supranational currency is easier to imagine. Who knows, this vision of Shoghi Effendi may come true sooner than we think.

By the way, does anyone have any reference of a global currency in the writings of either Abdu’l-Baha or Baha’u’llah? As far as I can tell, there aren’t any but maybe I haven’t looked hard enough.

  • HilaryChapman

    You write,”A supplementary language? English obviously.” I'm not convionced that English is the obvious choice. English is my mother tongue, and when I have been lost in nother countries, I quickly discovered that,although widespread, English is far from universal.

    My vote goes to Esperanto.What do you think?

  • fubar

    no one in asia wants esperanto?

  • fubar

    ironic/hilarioso: neo-totalitarians mis/appropriating a bahai theme! LOL.

  • Brian_Barker

    I think the obvious choice for the future global language has got to be Esperanto.

    An interesting video can be seen at http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=_YHALnLV9XU Professor Piron was a former translator at the United Nations. A glimpse of the language can be seen at http://www.lernu.net

  • wavethunder

    The establishment of a world currency is more advanced than many people believe. Both the Euro and the US Dollar are strong contenders. These currencies are used as a reserve currency by most countries.

    The dollar is either used as the standard currency or the local currency is pegged to the US Dollar in many countries. Countries using the US Dollar as the standard currency Equador (2000), El Salvador (2001) and East Timore (200) while Panama accepts it in addition to the local currency (1904). Wikapedia lists a number of countries with fixed exchange rates to the US Dollar.

    The Euro also has other countries either using the Euro as the standard currency or pegged to the Euro.

    I do not believe the world will establish a standard currency until a fair exchange rate can be established with countries like China and the economies of a number of developing countries stabilize.

  • Craig Parke

    “There are practically no technical teachings on economics in the Cause, such as banking, the price system, and others. The Cause is not an economic system, nor can its Founders be considered as having been technical economists. The contribution of the Faith to this subject is essentially indirect, as it consists in the application of spiritual principles to our present-day economic system. Bah??’u’ll??h has given us a few basic principles which should guide future Bah??’?­ economists in establishing such institutions which will adjust the economic relationships of the world.”

    – Shoghi Effendi

    On behalf of Shoghi Effendi, in Helen Hornby, comp., Lights of Guidance: A Bah??’?­ Reference File, (New Delhi: Bah??’?­ Publishing Trust, 1996), p. 551.

    Well, a world currency will come into being only if there is something to spend it on that is not destroyed every 70 years by mind bending systemic failure. In fact, the 500 year old economic system of the entire world may well be on the way to complete collapse and the Baha’is have no system of thought or discourse of any kind in place on either macro or micro economics because educated people in any field of endeavor in recent years are terrified to make any intellectual statements in the Faith of any kind for fear of being called on the carpet as to their motives and whether their ideas and insight are approved by the tiny clique that controls all thought. What happened to Alison Marshall and Senn McGlinn could happen to anyone at any time. So it is much better to keep quiet. Even better still is not to think about anything to avoid trouble. One must police all thought each day lest one think or say something that is not approved.

    “We have inherited a dangerous delusion from Christianity that our individual conscience is supreme. This is not a Baha’i belief. In the end, in the context of both our role in the community and our role in the greater world, we must be prepared to sacrifice our personal convictions or opinions. The belief that individual conscience is supreme is equivalent to ‘taking partners with God’ which is abhorrent to the Teachings of the Faith.”

    – Douglas Martin
    Former Member of the Universal House of Justice
    Baha’i Faith

    So writing anything based upon developed morality or conscience is out because the logic system of any argument based upon individual ethics can be over turned at any time by nine men in Haifa by Divine Right. But trying to educate them on some point so they will use their own individual consciences to rule for everyone else in the world may still be a worthy goal. So at least I feel any thinking person should try for that.

    “The experience of the Ruhi Institute has shown that we do not suppress the imagination or the personality of the participants when we refrain from posing questions such as, ‘What does this mean to you?'; on the contrary, we are helping to nurture the development of communities which look first to the Writings as the principal basis of consultation whenever they are faced with a question.

    We believe that the habit of thinking about the implications of the Writings with the minimum of personal interpretation would eliminate a great share of the disagreements which afflict consultation in many communities, and would make the activities of our communities more effective.”

    “TO THE COLLABORATORS” – Ruhi Book One

    This last approach is going to be a little hard to enforce with the subject of economics since THERE AREN’T ANY WRITINGS IN THE BAHA’I FAITH ON MACRO OR MICRO ECONOMICS that can be blindly parroted for “guidance” by automatons that is nuanced enough to deal with the magnitude of what we are facing now worldwide. There just isn’t any pre-authorized air tight rote scripture to follow. This is going to be a toughie for the new Ruhi Baha’is. People are going to have to actually reason and think (gasp) for themselves regarding economics. Filling in pre-approved answers into blanks or multiple choice questions isn’t going to be so easy because (gasp) THERE IS NO GUIDANCE IN THE WRITINGS on what to do! We have to figure it out FAST through actual intellectual inquiry, investigation, and individual thought or starve to death in the streets worldwide.

    This is indeed an odd situation since the fate of the entire world may now hang in the balance on perceptive economic thought and insight and the Baha’is have no developed body of economic thought to offer. We must have missed the Great Depression in the 1930’s as an economic crisis to spur some actual thought? Now it is 80 years later and the thought cupboard is bare.

    So in the best interests of humanity, those of us who have been long time Baha’is and know the Writings had better get on this with some actual thought regardless of any draconian personal consequences because we are going to die in the gutter too with the rest of mankind unless somebody gets some insight going on what is happening and what we should do to avoid mind bending world wide economic catastrophe.

    I tried to do my part with starting to write Ruhi Book 1929 here on BR so i guess I will try to ramp up the discourse as long as I can still pay my cable broadband bill and make some more hopefully educational posts.

    So, let’s get to it. Study these links this coming week and let’s get the class going for some discussion!

    CRASH COURSE IN ECONOMICS 101
    .http://www.chrismartenson.com/crashcourse

    ELLEN BROWN EXPLAINS THE LAST 350 YEARS – 5 VIDEOS
    .http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QU0XiklHPMc
    .http://www.webofdebt.com/
    .http://webofdebt.wordpress.com/

    DOUGLAS RUSHKOFF EXPLAINS THE LAST 500 YEARS – 1 VIDEO
    Life Incorporated: How The World Became A Corporation, And How To Take It Back.
    by Douglas Rushkoff
    .http://lifeincorporated.net/

    STUDY THE HISTORY OF THE 300 YEAR OLD FRACTIONAL RESERVE BRITISH BANKING SYSTEM MODEL THAT STILL RULES US TODAY – 5 VIDEOS
    .http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVkFb26u9g8

    BEST INFO ON EXACTLY HOW THE MIND BENDING CATASTROPHE HAPPENED
    .http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/28816321/the_great_american_bubble_machine
    .http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/26793903/the_big_takeover
    .http://www.villagevoice.com/2009-01-28/news/what-cooked-the-world-s-economy/
    .http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2009/08/aig200908
    .http://www.countercurrents.org/brown200908.htm

    Weimar Style Hyper inflation. Could It Happen Again?
    .http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=13673

    America’s Fiscal Collapse
    .http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=12517

    Banks Own The US Government
    .http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=14214

    Is The Fed Juicing The Stock Market
    .http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=14149

    What The Big Banks Have Won
    .http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=14119

    The Source Of The Current Economic Crisis: A Chicago State Of Mind
    .http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=14102

    Some future topics:

    What should the Baha’i position be on Naked Credit Default Swaps?

    What should the Baha’i position be on Naked Short Selling?

    What should the Baha’i position be on the Federal Reserve System?

    What should the UHJ do about AIG and Goldman Sachs right now before $32 Trillion more is vaporized from the life savings of the world?

  • davids1

    “Prophetic vision” had nothing to do with it. The telephone and wireless telegraph were invented before the end of the nineteenth century.

  • Craig Parke

    PART 1

    (NOTE: Baquia, I have posted several long “Ruhi Book 1929″ economic posts but they keep being thrown into some kind of “hold for moderation” limbo. They seem to be lost for days and never recovered, So i will try again with shorter posts. It also may be because these posts had many http links in them. I “doted out” the links as many people do to avoid auto moderation on some WordPress sites (I don't know if that is what you are on – I can't tell – but I don't think you are) and it still threw me into some kind of moderation bucket. So I will just now try cutting the long post into a series of shorter posts.)

    “There are practically no technical teachings on economics in the Cause, such as banking, the price system, and others. The Cause is not an economic system, nor can its Founders be considered as having been technical economists. The contribution of the Faith to this subject is essentially indirect, as it consists in the application of spiritual principles to our present-day economic system. Bah??’u’ll??h has given us a few basic principles which should guide future Bah??’?­ economists in establishing such institutions which will adjust the economic relationships of the world.”

    – Shoghi Effendi

    On behalf of Shoghi Effendi, in Helen Hornby, comp., Lights of Guidance: A Bah??’?­ Reference File, (New Delhi: Bah??’?­ Publishing Trust, 1996), p. 551.

    Well, a world currency will come into being only if there is something to spend it on that is not destroyed every 70 years by recurring systemic failure. In fact, the 500 year old economic system of the entire world may well be on the way to complete collapse and the Baha'is have no system of thought or discourse of any kind in place on either macro or micro economics because educated people in any field of endeavor in recent years are terrified to make any intellectual statements in the Faith of any kind for fear of being called on the carpet as to their motives and whether their ideas and insight are approved by the tiny clique that controls all approved and authorized thought on any subject in the faith. What happened to Alison Marshall and Senn McGlinn could happen to anyone at any time. So it is much better to keep quiet. Even better still is not to think about anything to avoid trouble. One must police all thought each day lest one think or say something that is not approved.

    “We have inherited a dangerous delusion from Christianity that our individual conscience is supreme. This is not a Baha'i belief. In the end, in the context of both our role in the community and our role in the greater world, we must be prepared to sacrifice our personal convictions or opinions. The belief that individual conscience is supreme is equivalent to 'taking partners with God' which is abhorrent to the Teachings of the Faith.”

    – Douglas Martin
    Former Member of the Universal House of Justice
    Baha'i Faith

    (to be continued)

  • Craig Parke

    PART 2

    So writing anything based upon developed morality or conscience is out because the logic system of any argument based upon individual ethics can be over turned at any time by nine men in Haifa by Divine Right. But trying to educate them on some point so they will use THEIR own individual consciences to rule for everyone else in the world may STILL be very much a worthy goal. So at least I feel any thinking person should try for that to help out the situation as best they can.

    “The experience of the Ruhi Institute has shown that we do not suppress the imagination or the personality of the participants when we refrain from posing questions such as, 'What does this mean to you?'; on the contrary, we are helping to nurture the development of communities which look first to the Writings as the principal basis of consultation whenever they are faced with a question.

    We believe that the habit of thinking about the implications of the Writings with the minimum of personal interpretation would eliminate a great share of the disagreements which afflict consultation in many communities, and would make the activities of our communities more effective.”

    “TO THE COLLABORATORS” – Ruhi Book One

    (to be continued)

  • Craig Parke

    PART 3

    This last approach is going to be a little hard to enforce with the subject of economics since THERE AREN'T ANY WRITINGS IN THE BAHA'I FAITH ON MACRO OR MICRO ECONOMICS that can be blindly parroted for continuous psychological “guidance” by automatons that is nuanced enough to deal with the magnitude of what we are facing now worldwide. There just isn't any pre-authorized air tight rote scripture to follow. This is going to be a toughie for the new Ruhi Baha'is. People are going to have to actually reason and (gasp) think for themselves regarding economics. Filling in pre-approved answers into blanks or multiple choice questions isn't going to be so easy because (OMG!) THERE IS NO GUIDANCE IN THE WRITINGS on what to do! We have to figure it out, however, FAST through actual intellectual inquiry, investigation, and individual thought or starve to death in the streets worldwide.

    This is indeed an odd situation since the fate of the entire world may now hang in the balance on perceptive economic thought and insight and the Baha'is have no developed body of economic thought to offer. We apparently completely missed the Great Depression in the 1930's as an economic crisis to spur some actual thought? Now it is 80 years later and the thought cupboard is bare.

    (to be continued)

  • Craig Parke

    PART 4

    So in the best interests of humanity, those of us who have been long time Baha'is and have actually read the Writings for years and thought about how to apply them in the real world had better step up to the plate and get on this with some actual thought regardless of any draconian personal consequences because we are going to die in the gutter too with the rest of mankind unless somebody gets some insight going on what is happening and what we should do to avoid mind bending world wide economic catastrophe.

    I tried to do my part with starting to write Ruhi Book 1929 here on BR so i guess I will try to ramp up the discourse as long as I am actually employed and getting a pay check that does not bounce and can still pay my cable broadband bill and make some more hopefully educational posts.

    So, let's get to it. Study these links this coming week and let's get the class going for some discussion!

    (to be continued)

  • Craig Parke

    (Baquia, the system won't let me post any of the links I have assembled even if I dot the http out or put them into brackets to not be URL's! It throws them into some kind of moderation)

    I will now take the first link completely apart and see if it will let me post it as disassembled text.

    PART 5 (you must copy out and paste and edit the URL's into your browser)

    STUDY ASSIGNMENTS FOR RUHI BOOK 1929 TO NOT DIE STARVING IN THE GUTTER LIVING OUT OF YOUR CAR

    CRASH COURSE IN ECONOMICS 101

    [ http: // www dot chrismartenson dot com/crashcourse ]

  • Craig Parke

    Lets try this one at a time as a live URL.

    CRASH COURSE IN ECONOMICS 101

    http://www.chrismartenson.com/crashcourse

  • Craig Parke

    PART 6

    ELLEN BROWN EXPLAINS THE LAST 350 YEARS – 5 VIDEOS

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QU0XiklHPMc

    http://www.webofdebt.com/

    http://webofdebt.wordpress.com/

    (to be continued)

  • Craig Parke

    PART 7

    DOUGLAS RUSHKOFF EXPLAINS THE LAST 500 YEARS – 1 VIDEO
    Life Incorporated: How The World Became A Corporation, And How To Take It Back.

    by Douglas Rushkoff

    http://lifeincorporated.net/

    (to be continued)

  • Craig Parke

    PART 8

    STUDY THE HISTORY OF THE 300 YEAR OLD FRACTIONAL RESERVE BRITISH BANKING SYSTEM MODEL THAT STILL RULES US TODAY – 5 VIDEOS

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVkFb26u9g8

  • Craig Parke

    PART 9

    MORE INFO ON EXACTLY HOW THE MIND BENDING CATASTROPHE HAPPENED

    http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/2881

  • Craig Parke

    PART 10

    MORE INFO ON EXACTLY HOW THE MIND BENDING CATASTROPHE HAPPENED

    http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/2679

  • Craig Parke

    PART 11

    MORE INFO ON EXACTLY HOW THE MIND BENDING CATASTROPHE HAPPENED

    http://www.villagevoice.com/2009-01-28/news/wha

  • Craig Parke

    PART 12

    MORE INFO ON EXACTLY HOW THE MIND BENDING CATASTROPHE HAPPENED

    (A really good one to read after praying while living out of your car)

    http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/200

  • Craig Parke

    PART 13

    MORE INFO ON EXACTLY HOW THE MIND BENDING CATASTROPHE HAPPENED

    (She nailed the situation on Day One in September 2008 while it took the MSM eight more month to tell the ACTUAL TRUTH OF THE SITUATION to the public)

    http://www.countercurrents.org/brown200908.htm

    [This ends the latest study portion of Ruhi Book 1929]

    And as I said before, the “practical exercise” portion of ALL sections of Ruhi Book 1929 is ALWAYS one of these multiple choice answers:

    (a) Lend the author of Ruhi Book 1929 your personal money when he asks for it.

    (b) Lend the author of Ruhi Book 1929 your personal money when he asks for it.

    (c) Lend the author of Ruhi Book 1929 your personal money when he asks for it.

    (d) Lend the author of Ruhi Book 1929 your personal money when he asks for it.

    If you answered with ANY of the above choices you are correct and will get your Ruhi Book 1929 “Completion Certificate” suitable for framing by return First Class mail upon receipt of your life savings!

  • fubar

    Any authentic discussion about economics will quickly lead to a discussion of capitalism vs. communism (and/or other “anti-captialist” paradigms), which is really about bourgeois vs. bohemian memes, and the whole sad history of romanticism recoiling in horror from the industrial revolution, and creating the cousin ideologies of fascism and marxism.

    But, since bahai are supposed to “avoid politics”, a dead end is quickly reached.

    Now, for the purists (this is the mainstream meme amongst bahai elites), avoidance of the dirty work involved in actually contributing to social progress is a virtue. However, the rest of the world sees such purist mentalities as irrelevant in relation to the forces that are shaping people's lives.

    Thus, the Farhans of bahai have created an even more etherealist version of purism, they float high above the “materialistic” world, creating the “spiritual conditions” that they somehow think will lead, via a system of universal ineptitude and impracticality, to world peace.

  • farhan

    Abdu'l-Baha did speak highly of the Esperanto effort, but when we look closely, the Baha'i teachings speak of humanity choosing or creating a language. The whole problem is not _which_ language, but the fact that the whole of humanity accepts it. Abdu'l-Baha and Baha'u'llah spoke highly of Arabic too.

  • davids1

    Esperanto? Forget it. What is the preferred language at international conferences in science, medicine, finance, computer science, environmental studies, mathematics? It is English. Experts in advanced and technical disciplines are not about to waste their time changing to another language that doesn't have the history or the vocabulary to meet the demands of these specialties.

  • timwatts

    We are told that “God would be pleased if the chosen language were Arabic” who's not in for pleasing God……

  • timwatts

    Throughout all repeat all of human history the trend in human affairs has been towards greater and great union….all the other attributes of this union will naturally follow….currency, language weights and measures…etc

    Please can we refrain from these nostrodamus like machinations shoe-horning everything into some prediction made by the Baha'i faith…it's a sign of insecurity in my view….

  • fubar

    timwatts,

    correct. the “union” bahais refer to is IMPERIALISM, which is a dead concept.

    postmodernism's main premise, for better or worse is pluralism.

    postmodernism's main problem is that it attempts to get rid of absolutisms, but does so by insistance that the pluralism be taken as an absolute!

    so, a “project of re-integration” is needed, to restore the valid subcomponenet memes from within the spiritual traditions, but get rid of the ones that are outmoded.

  • Name

    All i have to say is people look out, because A biblically prohecy may be geting ready to be fulfilled. for the new world order, and the end of everthing

  • Name

    All i have to say is people look out, because A biblically prohecy may be geting ready to be fulfilled. for the new world order, and the end of everthing

  • Alexander

    My vote goes to Greek! whether or not most of the roots of the words in most of the languages are Greek! especially in medicine. Greek were a universal language once before and i think it should be again.

  • Anonymous

    There has been a world currency for a very long time, it’s called gold and silver! Why do you think things were specified in mithquals of gold and silver in the faith?