Thursday, July 17, 2008

Stock it to the government.

Currency seems analogous to the stock certificates of the government. It's value is the perceived value of the government, just as the value of a stock is the perceived value of a company. Seen from this perspective, that major stockholders (the rich), have more influence in government than minor stockholders doesn't seem so scandalous. It also creates some interesting parallels. Can the government perform stock buybacks by removing money from circulation, and thus returning value to its shareholders? Is inflation the equivalent of a minuscule stock split? Was the stimulus payment my dividend?

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