Money is usually defined as a medium for the storage of wealth, but, like anything else, that function can be corrupted. To understand how the corruption is perpetrated, it is necessary to understand how money fits into the structure of the universe.
Don’t take any wooden nickels
There are two types of money: real money and fake money. This section defines the two, and gives the understanding of how to tell them apart.
Chunking down from the universe to money
There are 3 families of existence: tangible, active intangible and static intangible. Each of these is further divided into three classes.
The tangible is divided into encapsulated potential, partially developed potential, and fully developed potential. They are easy to recognize as components of food, clothing, and shelter in that order.
The active tangible can be divided into electrical potential, magnetic potential, and light. The active potential is electrical. It is a steady-state push force that cannot be seen, only the results of its action can be seen. The atmospheric equivalent is wind. Magnetic potential is also invisible, only its action on tangible items can be recognized. It is a steady-state force that pulls tangible items to itself. The refrigerator magnet needs no description. The atmospheric equivalent is gravity. Light needs no description to anyone who is not blind, but has not been adequately described as a force. It is a spiraling force that alternates between the push of electricity in its negative half of the spiral, and positive pull of magnetism during its positive half of the spiral. When laid out in a linear form, it graphs as a wave. This over-simplification ignores the changing state from wave in its negative part of the cycle to a particle in its positive part of the cycle. The two forms can be described as left-handed or right-handed forms due to its spiraling change of direction when seen form either above or below. It is this cycling from positive to negative, from electrical-tangible to magnetic-intangible that gives it the very high flicker rate that has recently been documented in sunlight.
Translating these three states into the physics classics, the tangible is the fully dense solid state, the active tangible is the equivalent of the liquid state, and the inactive intangible state is equivalent to the gaseous state.
The inactive intangible is further divided into a force that must have additional input to develop. This gives it a limited existence in tangible form with a beginning, middle and end of life. Tangible life on earth is an example of this energy. It requires the life-energy of the male sperm, known for its motile tail, combining with the female egg, the equivalent of active water entering the inactive earth to cause seeds to sprout and life to develop and grow, all of which have a beginning, middle, and end. An example of this potential is the human thought wave that provides the life, combined with the input of physical effort to bring an idea from the two intangible senses (brain waves forming thoughts and the force called Chi (Qui, etc.) by oriental cultures) into the tangible world as something that can be identified by the five tangible human senses.
Now that we have the groundwork laid, where does money fit into the picture. Metals are used as money because they are the densest form of tangible potential, fully developed and incapable of changing form without the input of extraordinary amounts of external energy (force) that must be integrated into their chemical structure. Of metals, the only one that is not subject to the destruction of oxidation or salt water is gold, and therefore the most durable, carrying the most value. Silver oxidizes very quickly, thus only carries one-tenth the value of gold. Copper oxidizes out of its dense metallic state the quickest, and carries the least value. Platinum and several others of the “rare earth” metals are too scarce to be put into circulation as money or stored as a form of tangible value.
So, we have the definition of the form of money that has been around at least since Noah got off the ark. Everything else is “fiat” money.
“Fiat money is a currency without intrinsic value established as money by government regulation or law. The term derives from the Latin fiat (“let it be done”) used in the sense of an order or decree. It was introduced as an alternative to commodity money and representative money. Commodity money is created from a good, often a precious metal such as gold or silver, which has uses other than as a medium of exchange (such a good is called a commodity). Representative money is similar to fiat money, but it represents a claim on a commodity (which can be redeemed to a greater or lesser extent).[note 1]
“The first use of fiat money was recorded in China around 1000 AD. Since then, it has been used by various countries, usually concurrently with commodity currencies. Fiat money started to dominate in the 20th century. Since the decoupling of the US dollar to gold by Richard Nixon in 1971, a system of national fiat currencies has been used globally, with freely floating exchange rates between the national currencies .”
“…a currency without intrinsic value”, indeed. Another description is “fake money”.
The Definition of Robbery
There are three forms of robbery: deception, coercion, and force. Deception is often found in trade, coercion is often found in the organized religions where a priesthood enforces what is to be believed if the person is to remain a member of the group. Force is always arbitrated by the military who dispense life or death according to the level of compliance by the one being forced.
“Fair exchange” is defined as when the value of the input of the goods/services are equal to the benefit derived by the buyer. It can be trade or barter.
“Unfair exchange” is defined as the representation that the goods/services bought/bartered will provide that level of benefit, but does not deliver it due to some hidden or enforced lack in the goods/services. A good example of this is a product that is guaranteed for a certain product/duration, but the seller refuses to honor the guarantee when the product fails shortly into service. This is most often found in manufactured goods.
The “failure to perform” generally results from parties in a trade that have the power or force to prevent the buyer from complaining about the failure, or seeking judicial intervention. If there is respect between the two trading partners, judicial intervention would be unnecessary, because any deficiency would be filled by the offending party on a voluntary, respect-based adjustment to the deal.
Religion is subject to the second type of robbery, where the loss is not financial, but the loss of personal freedom of choice or belief. This brings up an interesting bit of history.
The words “freedom” and “liberty” are the translations of the Hebrew word “Shiloh”, the name of the location of the tabernacle after it was brought into the promised land, and refers to the laws that the priests were responsible for enforcing and arbitrating among the population. The only jails in the land had a 3-day limit on the time a person could be held for trial. If the trial could not take place on or before the third day, the accused person was deemed innocent and set free. If the trial priests found that fraud had been committed, there was no prison sentence. The deficiency was translated into either money in the form of precious metals; or cattle, sheep or goats; or the person was sold into slavery to pay the debt generated by the sentence, or executed on the day the sentence was handed down if the offense carried the death penalty. There were no “criminals” in the early societies, just people who “missed the mark” and paid the price. Prisons are an invention of the Dark Ages, and have grown into a major portion of the civilian economy in today’s social world. Religion is defined as a social system divorced from spirituality that is enforced by an established power called a priesthood, and usually hereditary, that dictates what values will be permitted and what values will be punished.
The form of robbery committed by a government is forced to be accepted by military power, and can be best described as a dictatorship. A kingship in its defined form is a man (women were forbidden to be on the battlefield) who is in charge of the defense against foreign enemies and the army that is maintained to enforce that defense. The most effective defense force is a citizen army, where every man is armed and stands ready to defend the borders should another nation be foolish enough to invade. The rest of the time, the men are engaged in their usual occupations of farming, animal husbandry, or tradesmen, enriching the nation instead of pulling scarce resources from the nation and the land. It is the standing armies that cause the fall of nations. No nation can afford to finance one sufficient in numbers to do the job they are tasked with. Further, having that many men idle always end with the army either being sent out to build an empire, actually to get them out of their home country where they run riot from too much boredom, or the military revolts and takes over the government, turning the country into a supply source for the forces, resulting in the impoverishment of both the land and the people, resulting in the nation becoming so weak that they are prime to be invaded, or the people all leave for other areas, either one sufficient to cause the collapse of the nation.