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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Dave Barry Strikes Again!

David Bardallis describes Dave Barry's new book,

Dave Barry's Money Secrets: Like: Why Is There a Giant Eyeball on the Dollar?

at http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig/bardallis9.html. Only question is, will it be as good as P. J. O'Rourke's "Eat The Rich"?

Here's an excerpt from Bardallis' article:

At any rate, it's no secret that money can be a confusing subject. The first question to ask is, "What is money, anyway?" Luckily, Mr. Barry provides a chapter on monetary history, tracing its evolution from seashells in ancient China to livestock in Mesopotamia to precious metals from the Middle Ages through the early 20th century and, finally, to the fiat currencies we have today. Of the latter, he notes:

"We don't have the gold standard anymore. Nobody does. Over the years, all the governments in the world, having discovered that gold is, like, rare, decided it would be more convenient to back their money with something that is easier to come by, namely: nothing."

That's why, continues Mr. Barry, "to this day, if you – an ordinary citizen – go to Fort Knox and ask to exchange your U.S. dollars for gold, you will be used as a human chew toy by large federal dogs."

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