What is the origin of Money?

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  1. GoldenBird profile image60
    GoldenBirdposted 6 years ago

    Do you know it? Lets talk over this serious matter!

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      gogogoposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I really do not know, maybe it began with the barter system and escalated from there.

      1. GoldenBird profile image60
        GoldenBirdposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        I too believe that. Thanks for the exchange!

  2. Evan G Rogers profile image75
    Evan G Rogersposted 6 years ago

    There is no factual history of the origin of money, but it is impossible to accept any situation beyond the following basic outline. This was first generated by Ludwig Von Mises, and is known as "the regression theorum":

    At first people were self dependent, autonomous.

    They slowly began to produce excess, and realized that trade would benefit them.

    People slowly began trading things to one another.

    However, problems arose: If you want a pickle, but only have a chicken, you would need to find a chicken-wanting-pickle-haver. Such difficulties led to INDIRECT BARTER.

    People began trading their excess for things that they didn't want because they knew that other people would want them (for example: I trade my bread for peanut butter -- even though I'm allergic to it -- because the person who has shoes wants peanut butter).

    Slowly, people began to decide upon a specific "medium of exchange" -- salt, gold, silver, tobacco, sea shells -- that most people wanted.

    Gold and silver won out because a) most people want jewelry, b) it has "good money properties" (I have a hub that discusses these properties).

    Everything beyond this point (fiat paper money) is merely an extension of this.

    Please check out my "Evan's Easy Economics" articles to learn more.

    1. Evan G Rogers profile image75
      Evan G Rogersposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      These basic principles explain why cigarettes are money in prisons, and why many types of money can't succeed.

  3. BLACKANDGOLDJACK profile image84
    BLACKANDGOLDJACKposted 6 years ago

    What gogogo said. The barter system and it escalated.

    Evan G Rogers provided a generic outline, but he didn't really nail it, and nailing it is the crux of the matter.

    Men hunted the food and provided shelter. Women bartered for same with . . .

    Women discovered they could only eat so much food and only needed a few condos and beach houses.

    So women said give me gold and such for . . . because I don't want any more food and the like.

    Eventually money was invented to facilitate the exchange of . . . for whatever it was women wanted.

    1. couturepopcafe profile image59
      couturepopcafeposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      ......for your Jeep.   lol

      1. BLACKANDGOLDJACK profile image84
        BLACKANDGOLDJACKposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Well, sort of. More like she got the gold mine and I got the drive shaft.

        1. couturepopcafe profile image59
          couturepopcafeposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          lol

    2. Evan G Rogers profile image75
      Evan G Rogersposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      How is mine a "generic outline" whereas the person who didn't go into as much detail "nail it"?

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    Peelander Gallyposted 6 years ago

    Here's a question, does anyone think humanity will ever be advanced enough (even in some Dune-esque distant future) to evolve beyond currency and tyrannical resource scarcity and allocation economic systems?

 
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