posted on Oct, 2 2008 @ 05:47 PM
Originally posted by kettlebellysmith
Are you proposing a cash only society(especially a cash only government?)
I don't know if I'd call it cash only, but I may not be thinking of the term in the same way you are using it. My thought is that the government, or
the bank or whoever is printing the paper money (I'm assuming still use of paper... actual gold is cumbersome) only prints a dollar bill if there is
a dollar's worth of gold in the vault to back it up.
My concern is to prevent a different flavor of what we have now, where they have $10 worth of gold, but print $100 of paper based on it, under the
assumption not everybody will call for their gold, or they are going to get more gold. To print the paper, they must have the equivalent gold.
When we build a road, a battleship, or anything else, we have the money to pay for it at the time, or it don't get done.
I absolutely agree!
I think what would happen is that the economy would grow more slowly, and in a less chaotic manner. We as a culture would re-evaluate our priorities,
and spend our money more wisely.
I also do not believe it would hurt our infrastructure or military. It would probably be beneficial, as money would be spent more carefully... create
a boondoggle, and you've got to live with it.
I believe the whole concept of having an economy grow as much as possible as fast as possible is not healthy in the long run.
Should we do this? I say yes (may be wrong... not an economist).
Can we? I say yes, but it will be painful. But I believe it will enhance our chances of long term survival as a culture, while our present course is
leading towards destruction of our culture in one way or another.