A long, LONG article on money, but one, if you come to the end of it, you will find fascinating. Here's the money (!) shot:
"Never before, in thousands of years of human history, has the entire world been using a money that has no resource cost or constraint. It’s an experiment, in other words, and we’re five decades into it. Many would consider it a good experiment, while others consider it a bad one, but it’s not as though it is inevitable, or the only possible outcome from here. It’s simply what we have now, and who knows what things will look like in another five decades.
Ever since the world has been on the fiat/petrodollar standard, debt as a percentage of GDP has skyrocketed to record levels and seems to be getting unstable. Considering where we are in the long-term debt cycle, investors would do well to be creative with how they envision the future. Don’t take the past 40-50 years for granted and assume that’s how it’ll always be, whether for money or anything else. We don’t know what money will look like 50 years from now."
So much to ponder.
Thanks for posting this, amazing find! I've heard the term petrodollar before but never really understood the system or the potential implications. This article was especially eye-opening in that regard. The tradeoffs are super interesting and it seems impossible to say whether it's been or will continue to be more of a blessing or a curse.
I'm so glad you liked it! I really like Lyn's writing -- she tends to be a bit too bullish on bitcoin in my opinion, but then again, if you'd followed her lead, you'd be way, way richer than I'll ever be. :)
If you enjoyed this, you might want to check out Jesse Livermore. That's the writer's handle (@Jesse_Livermore on Twitter). His three-part series on money is some of the best stuff ever -- just so smart:
And his truth chamber piece is also just really insightful:
A truly epic article! Very readable as well despite the length. Loved all the history and depth of discussion. This is a big, important topic and it deserves all the words. Highly recommended!