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Bitcoin = The Unstoppable Ingenuity Of Individuals

July 30, 2013

Bitcoin Accepted Here [by freeborn]

Bitcoin Accepted Here [by freeborn] (Photo credit: Adam Crowe)

We have talked about the Bitcoin phenomenon a couple of times here. I have said in this post, Let’s Take A Look At Bit Coin, “The reason I like the discussion about bitcoin: it is an opportunity to get people to think about what money is, how it evolved through the barter system, what is a gold standard, what is paper money, why the Federal Reserve‚Äôs monopoly on printing money is a bad thing, and could bitcoin (or some other not yet thought of idea) evolve into the medium of exchange not controlled by Government?” I would like to add that another reason I like bitcoin is because it represents the spirit of 1776. It’s the unstoppable dynamism that occurs when individuals use their inventiveness, curiosity, and thirst for freedom to get around Government planners plans. The free market is an unstoppable force (more…)

Real Savings vs. Counterfeit Savings

July 19, 2013
Savings

Savings (Photo credit: 401(K) 2013)

RESULTS OF COUNTERFEITING

In a previous post titled, Financial Markets Move When The Puppet Master Speaks, we talked about some of the consequences the Fed creates, when it electronically counterfeits money and injects it into the economy. Some of these are 1) the misallocation of scarce resources into activities that can’t be sustained when the counterfeit money injections are halted, and 2) people’s real production is being redistributed to the first receivers of the counterfeit money (which is known in my world as theft). What’s the difference when real savings enter the market as opposed to counterfeit savings? Lets see what happens, but first let’s talk about money.

WHAT IS MONEY? (more…)

Let’s Take A Look At Bitcoin.

May 17, 2013
The bitcoin logo

The bitcoin logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

QUESTIONS ABOUT BITCOIN.

Bitcoin has been in the news lately for a variety of reasons. Many people have never heard of it, some have but don’t really understand what it is, and others understand what it is and are excited about its potential to become the medium of exchange. Simply put bitcoin has evolved spontaneously in the free market as an alternative to paper money. The two most important questions that have to be asked concerning bitcoin are, 1) can bitcoin become money (the medium of exchange), and 2) will Governments be able to shut down the process of bitcoin becoming money? (more…)

Does The Supply Of Money Have To Increase To Accommodate Increasing Production?

April 29, 2013
Monopoly Money

Monopoly Money (Photo credit: John-Morgan)

QUESTIONS CONCERNING MONEY.

I’ve had some questions recently that have to be addressed. 1) If production increases without a corresponding increase of money, would that not cause deflation? 2) If the currency is to be increased to correspond with the increase in production, how is it increased without theft? The simple answers to these two questions are yes to the first one, and, it can’t, to the second one, but that doesn’t help us understand the why’s and how’s.

UNDERSTANDING MONEY.

I wrote a post titled, “We’re All Born In The Middle Of The Story”, in which I quote Thomas Sowell who said, “results observed at a given point in time may be part of a process that stretches far back in time“. Understanding this quote should be our default position for everything we observe and analyze. When it comes to money we are all born in the middle of the story. What do I mean by that? (more…)