In the 1830s, Alexis de Tocqueville saw the New England townships as bastions of local freedom. Perhaps not much has changed between then and 2010. Reader Matthew Schmid shared this article about the recent surge in local currency in New England.


  1. Home rule and Town Meetings, how quaint…..and authentic….and efficient. Funny though , a lot of those folks spending Berkshire bucks are New York and Bean Town weekenders. Still, not far south from Great Barrington, a certain Mr. Shays had em nervous

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