It’s time to get back to basic economics. Money–both the paper and electronic varieties–is, in and of itself, worth nothing; it has no intrinsic value. It is a means–and a profoundly important one–of enabling people to more easily conduct transactions without having to go through the clumsy and utterly inefficient barter process
Money is a facilitator. It should be a fixed standard of measure, as are the minutes in an hour, inches in a foot and pints in a quart.
DSMW – An empire is only as strong as it’s coinage.