"Money often costs too much." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
natural to need money, that's just the
way the world economy works. But there
was a time, believe it or not, when there
no money as we now think of it. Everyone,
even royalty that shat in golden
outhouses, lived on barter alone.
There must have been a chicken-and-the
egg moment in the history of money. After
all, just because someone invented it
didn't mean the hoi polloi
automatically had to accept it in lieu
of goats or rutabagas or, I dunno, a
quickie behind the Sphinx. It probably
started with something abstract, like
a shell, but was quickly replaced
with something hand-made. Think jewelry
as money.Think wampum.
A gold or silver coin, no doubt bearing
the face of the local potentate, had
to have helped convince a wary public
that maybe this system just might work...
at least until the counterfeiters arrived.
The more crafty of tradesmen
would use miniature scales to ensure
quality. But what do you do with foreign
coins when there wasn't a bank on every
street corner? Yikes!
Anyway, so here were are. In a society
almost wholly dependent on imaginary
or credit. We could probably get along
okay with barter but public monies
are so much easier to control, and tax,
with something tangibly recordable like
cash and credit. Small wonder the gray
market is so frowned upon.
Which is too bad, because the big problem
with money is that there are people who
will do literally anything to get it,
the consequences, and I don't mean steal
it. These titans of accounting consider
the accumulation of wealth
trancendent over everything, even common
decency. That sums up the type of individual
profited working for AIG. They knew what
they were doing, that it was unethical,
short-sighted and possibly illegal,
but didn't care. The entire world could
as long as they got their bonus.
It's one thing to make an honest buck.
It's another thing to want to take a
sucker to the bank no matter how old
or poor or ignorant. I've literally seen
this mentality at work. It makes
These same people include
the ones who start wars just to make
a profit on every
bullet, tank, battleship, fighter jet
or drop of blood.
It's clear that the accumulation of money,
for the sake of the accumulation of money,
is a mental problem, a disease, not dissimilar
start fires for fun. But since money's
not going away that's why we need all
get. If you don't understand that, Mr.
Smaller Government, then you're part
of the problem.