Read_696 – Currencies Today are “IOU Nothings” [John Exter]

“Today no money in the world fully performs all three services. National currencies are being used as means-of-payment and standard-of-value money, b u t none in this inflationary age is an assured store-of-value money. In fact, a foremost concern to voters and politicians everywhere is that so many currencies are so rapidly losing their value in terms of commodities and services. Commodities like gold and silver, which are being used as store-of-value money, are not being used as either means-of-payment or standard-of-value money. Thus the world we have so long known, in which most currencies were redeemable at a fixed price in a store-of-value money like gold, is in disarray.” – John Exter, at AIER

Today we take a trip into the past, back to 1972 for an image of what happened to money so we can rid ourselves of our normalcy bias and see our current monetary age for what it truly is: a volatile, failed experiment in baseless, politically manipulated currency that is stepping into its endgame. And also to see Bitcoin for what it truly is: the first money to be both digital and have the fully necessary characteristics to serve all major functions of a sound and global monetary good as we have had in over a century. With that, let’s dive in…

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“Lenin was certainly right. There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency. The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner which not one man in a million is able to diagnose.” – John Maynard Keynes
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