posted on Dec, 9 2013 @ 11:11 AM
reply to post by lostbook
What is the dollar really worth?
The gawd-almighty US Dollar has the actual, physical value of a small piece of rag paper with some specialized ink.
Note: This next part is drawn from memory so if I get a part of it wrong, please feel free to set it right...
Prior to the US Civil War, there was a row between southern states selling cotton to Europe based on gold and silver currency from nations like
England, France and Spain. By doing business this way, these European nations got the cotton they so desperately loved and the sellers got paid in
currency that carried value by weight, not denomination. At the time, silver and gold were far more worthy than the US Dollar. This is one of those
aside subjects that came to a head before 12 April 1861 and that is so often ignored today.
Today's version of this off-the-side business is the Bitcoin and in some circles, it carries more value than that old Dollar. Now, whether the Fed
gets tiffed by this is yet to be seen but if the recent news is right, China doesn't like it either and is trying to degrade it.
In closing, the Dollar has been and likely always will carry (as long as it exists) far more conceptual value than it actually has. Right now, it owns
the largest share of the world's trade so... no one really wants to see it crash. Well, expect for maybe Iran, Venezuela, North Korea, etc.
Point being... it is a value that is created in thin air, not founded in any firmity.
IMESHO, that is