MD: I was searching the web for an instance where money was associated with a “promise”. There weren’t many hits. I tried this one. It was a waste of time as you can see.
How to Better Understand The Premise of Money
By: Paradigm Life
On: August 26, 2016
How to Better Understand The Premise of Money
Ever wondered if you could trade your dollar for its value in gold? The answer is maybe, but it won’t come from Fort Knox.
MD: Why won’t it come from Ft. Knox. Isn’t that where all our gold is?
Understanding the original premise behind the power of the almighty “dollar,” and its role in society can help you make better decisions about money.
The Premise of Money
From a historical perspective, money makes perfect sense. In the days of old, people would trade goods and services for other goods and services. However, they were constantly working around the inherent problem of production and demand. For example, if you had milk and I had bread, that was pretty-much all that was available for us to trade. And if I don’t want your milk, but need bread. . . our system breaks down. The concept of money has gotten humans past this problem.
MD: And there is another “more common” problem with trading over time and space. Let’s see if they have a clue about that.
Money was invented as a promise; a means of exchange representing value in goods and services.
MD: And what was the units of measure of that value?
The premise of money is that when I give someone a dollar, it’s a promise of “receipt” tied to something of value; something “better” than the paper it’s printed on.
MD: Not exactly. When you give someone a dollar, they accept it because it trades for a dollars worth of stuff. It’s not a promise. If you gave them a sea shell and it traded for dollars worth of stuff, they would accept that as an object in trade. At the time a dollar is accepted in simple barter exchange, the traders have no perception of it being a promise. However, it does come into existence with a trader making a promise and getting it certified. And it does go out of existence with that same trader delivering on his promise and returning the money.
Any kind of money should have definite characteristics—it’s portable, visible, and durable; it has shared value, and it is widely accepted. Now let’s talk about what our society has agreed on as the value behind the money—gold and silver, mostly gold.
MD: Here the nonsense begins. Gold and silver are just stuff. And in fact a dollar bill is just stuff. They may work to make trades but it’s only because of the universal acceptance. And it is the “real money process” that brings on that acceptance. And since gold and silver are so much less efficient than the dollar in preforming that duty, they are virtually never used.
For over 6,000 years we’ve agreed on gold to back up what we call money.
MD: Who’s “we” Ki mo-sabe? There was clearly no such agreement at the end of the 1800’s as silver gave gold a run for its money. It only failed because of a power play. If “real money” had existed at that time, neither gold or silver would have been in consideration at all.
When people invented money, using metal made sense because metal met all of the right characteristics—but why gold? The metal had to be somewhat rare so that not everyone is producing coins, but available enough so a reasonable number of coins can be created to allow commerce (http://www.investopedia.com/articles/investing/071114/why-gold-has-always-had-value.asp).
MD: I don’t think there’s any point in reading further. He doesn’t have a clue about how money is created and destroyed. He’s just another gold bug. But ours is not the reason why…
That trail leads to gold because of its unique color and resistance to tarnishing. Truthfully, gold’s greatest value is society’s sustained agreement that this is so. And though you’ll never be able to eat gold, it is the most likely bartering tool humans will use to recover from a zombie apocalypse.
MD: Because society says so? What makes gold “the most likely bartering tool”? Just because? Ever hear of the “specie wars” near the end of the 19th century in the USA? It’s this kind of clueless-ness that keeps the scam going.
MD: And here is the slur we get from the gold bugs. It’s really going to get good now. Just to set the “real” stage: All money is a promise. All promises are fiat. Therefore, all money is fiat. Always has been, always will be.
In the past you went to a bank with your bag of gold and they offered paper currency to use as a value exchange (because gold is super heavy). With gold backing your dollar, you were free to trade that money for whatever was valuable to you.
MD: Looks like his past doesn’t go back far enough. These so-called “banks” he speaks of were just traders who claimed they would keep his gold safe. It was a protection racket. They built a vault…a really really strong one. They put the guys gold in it, gave him a receipt (a claim to get his gold back…kind of like the receipt to get your coat back at a fancy theater). Comes back with the receipt, gets his gold, and leaves (hoping a highwayman doesn’t see him do it). Or, he could trade the receipt to some other sucker, who could then use it to get gold out of the bank. It was later that these banking con-men realized that they could “loan out” somebody’s gold and make money doing it. People would come to their so-called bank for a “loan”. They would give them a piece of paper “backed by gold”. As long as everybody didn’t come back for gold at the same time, all was well in paradise. Then somebody invented the bank run. And we were off to the races.
Jump ahead to the time period between the Great Depression (1930s) and the 1970s. As government expanded its role in peoples’ lives, it needed to “create” its own resources . . . money. Enter the Federal Reserve and what is called fiat money. Fiat money is currency that a government has declared to be legal tender, but it is not backed by a physical commodity. It’s different than money backed by gold, because the value of fiat money is derived from the relationship between supply and demand rather than literal gold or the value of the material that the money is made of http://www.investopedia.com/terms/f/fiatmoney.asp) .
MD: Ah…the concept of “legal tender”. Again he doesn’t go back far enough. A guy named Robert Morris (we all called him Bob before he got rich), a really rich merchant in the 1700’s “America” started getting sideways with the British…who claimed to “own” America. So he got some PATRIOTs (PeopleAboutToRIOT) to dump some tea into the harbor. As things would, they escalated…and the battle was on. He got Tom Jefferson to write up a “Declaration of Independence”…and it was oh-so-beautiful. “When in the course of human events…”. The timing couldn’t have been better. The Brits had their hands full with the French…and the Indians. Morris again armed some PATRIOTs who lined up against Brits on a couple hills…and they beat that handful of Brits. There’s more to the story, but for the time being the Brits had bigger fish to fry… Suffice it to say this cost Morris a bunch of money and he wanted it back. So he created the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union. Earth to Bob. There is no such thing as a “perpetual union”. There’s always a “buy/sell” clause. Bob just never put that clause in. After 10 years and still not able to get his money back, Morris got Al Hamilton (and three of his buddies) to write the Federalist Papers. After about 4 months of this they got a bunch of guys to hole up in the Independence Hall (I guess doing it in Carpenter’s Hall was no longer prestigious enough) and in about 3 month’s of secrecy created the so-called Constitution of the United States. It was really about the same as the “Articles” but this time had teeth…it had the so-called “law” behind it. Bob’s agent Al was made “treasurer”; two years later Al created a bank; and the rest is history. Bob got his money back (only to lose it all later trying to buy Ohio…another story)
Essentially these well intended institutions are saying, “Here. . .here’s some ‘money’. . [wink wink],” when they are really just handing you a piece of paper (or number in an account). Needless to say, when you start to print extra currency, the system gets off balance. Adding even more complication, during the Great Depression people caught on and said, “Hey, I want my gold back!” Unfortunately, they all did this at the same time. When a bank experiences a run, it immediately goes bankrupt or insolvent.
MD: That’s that “run” I was telling you about. With a “real money process” there are no runs. Why? Because it’s out-and-out silly to have a “run on promises”.
Unless. . .they are rescued by a central bank or the U.S. Federal Reserve. These institutions swoop in and give people their well-meaning imaginary money as bail outs. “Don’t worry you’re protected by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).” This story is coming together now, isn’t it?
MD: In the beginning there was no such thing as a “central bank”. It wasn’t needed. There was no “Federal Reserve”. With a “real money process” there are no reserves. So you don’t need a federal one. And you didn’t need insurance either. If somebody “defaults”, it’s immediately mitigated by an “interest” collection of like amount…paid by an irresponsible trader creating money.
Because of this technique, our “money” has been off the gold standard since 1971, and every major international currency has followed suit. Now you have to ask yourself, “What is a dollar?” It used to represent a measurement of gold. Now it’s not really definable. As Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman puts it, “The pieces of green paper have value because everybody thinks they have value.” For now, society is stable in agreeing it has value, but it’s a rather tenuous place to be with consequences that may actually be worse than a zombie apocalypse.
MD: Another myth…going off the gold standard in 1971. The French could see the dollar wasn’t trading for as much gold as it did originally…like only for 1/2 as much. The USA owed the French some money. The USA tried to give them dollars, The French said, we’d rather have gold, thank you very much. And bingo, the jig was up.
What You Can Do
If learning the truth about how our gold standard has slipped away and its role in bailouts and banking makes you frustrated, you’re not alone. Anger and frustration are good motivators for action, but all-out protests are not what we’re proposing here at all. You can be so much more effective by applying your influence to educate yourself and others.
MD: Don’t choose stupid people to educate you. That’s worse than a waste of time.
Here’s what you can do:
The only way to ensure our financial system in the U.S. functions well is for all of us to understand not just the premise of money, but how the system has devolved over time.
MD: “Devolved”…good word. I think it means “got worse”. A “real money process” cannot devolve over time…or over space for that matter.
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MD: And the blind leading the blind takes another giant leap backwards.