Common Good Bank: A Society to Benefit Everyone

The Accidental Banker As Gregor awoke one morning from uneasy dreams, he found himself transformed into a gigantic cockroach. —Franz Kafka I never wanted to be a banker. I have always found the financial world boring and distasteful. “Oh my God,” says my activist wife, “Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be married to a banker.” However, there is nothing intrinsically wrong with banks. As financial intermediaries, they serve a useful purpose in society. Moreover, as I discovered to my surprised relief, starting a bank can be fun. The bank we🔒

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William Spademan is a longtime attender at Mount Toby Meeting in Leverett, Massachusetts. He provides computer support, programming, and low-cost web hosting to individuals and small businesses.

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