Goodbye, Paper Money

[Scott Thill, AlterNet]
Currency has come a long way in the past few thousand years of human existence. Ancient Turkey started using hybrid silver and gold coins around 640 B.C. and the Chinese started passing paper around 800 A.D. But it wasn’t until the middle of the 20th century that Diners Club finally invented credit cards, or that electronic transfer payment systems like PayPal threw dirt on the century’s grave in the late ’90s. And now that the 21st century has fully arrived with digital currencies like the one developed by the yuanpay group becoming more and more popular, it is high time we rethought how we should pay and get paid to live and die.

Despite the deep thoughts and deeper concerns, it’s not hard to see that our digital age perhaps deserves a fully digital currency, compliant across real and virtual geographies. In fact, we’re pretty much already there, without admitting it. If you’ve heard of bitcoin and cryptocurrency, then you already know more than you think. Because of these revolutions, it is now much easier to In Kryptowährungen anlegen (invest in cryptocurrencies), giving people who are outside of this financial market the opportunity to play a bigger part in the sector. As well as this, more money can be given to you as a return on investment, which is even better. But this is something that already exists, you just need to look for it. You just have to look at sites similar to to see just how far down the digital rabbit hole we already are. You can even trade stocks using digital currencies like bitcoin, lithium as well as others. If you’re interested in learning more about the trade platforms, you can check out a Libertex Test to see what they have to say about various trading platforms.

“Nowadays, when the Federal Reserve prints money, it doesn’t mint a new penny or dollar,” Mikka Pineda, research analyst at famed economist Nouriel Roubini’s think-tank Roubini Global Economics, explained to AlterNet. “It just changes numbers in bank accounts. Individuals can do this too, provided they have electronic access to their accounts. They can transfer money from one account to another, accept deposits and pay bills online.”

With one major difference: Unlike the Fed, individuals actually have to back up their virtual ones and zeroes with so-called real money, in the form of deposits. So-called, because what they’re really putting into their accounts, at least in America, are dollars, which are merely material symbols of real value made of paper. Or checks, which are even more hyperreal, given that they are just more paper signifying other paper that symbolizes real value. The spiral of economic signification is dizzying, especially when you start factoring in inscrutable fees, levies and other mostly invisible transactions that banks and other parasites attach to the light-speed movement of our money.

The dizziness increases when you factor in recent news from the Fed, whose controversial chairman Ben Bernanke argued in a February speech that America’s central bank should no longer have to adhere to a fractional standard. In other words, its currently feverish ex nihilo money creation, more commonly known by the hilarious nomenclature “quantitative easing,” finally wouldn’t have to be supported by any minimum reserve requirements. That would, wrote Raw Story’s Stephen Webster, make “free-floating, infinitely self-replicating capital a pervasive reality.” A bottomless ATM machine, altogether unmoored from material value, or reality itself.

Keeping It Hyperreal

It’s a logical endgame for such an illogical system of finance still dependent on currency paradigms created during the rise and fall of Jesus Christ, who stars in both America’s money and motto, “In God We Trust.” Indeed, our fiat currency, and those like the suspicious Fed entrusted with greasing its wheels, is nothing other than that trust made manifest. Paper money, silver and copper coins, bars of gold, whatever. The only thing that has any real value are the goods being exchanged, and the promises we make to each other to live by a set of rules governing our interactions. Pure digital currency is just that ages-old relationship rendered in bits and gigs, rather than dollars and cents.


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