Peril of Fiat Currencies | A History Repeated
On September 26, 2023
Fiat currencies come and go throughout history, with each failure stemming from the overzealous printing of money, debasement, and loss of trust.
While governments may initially resort to fiat currency as an expedient solution, they often find themselves in a cycle of inflation and economic turmoil.
Hard money, such as gold and silver, remains a store of value when fiat currencies falter. As the world’s reserve currency, the US dollar’s stability has even assisted countries in times of hyperinflation.
Nevertheless, like all fiat currencies, it too may face a future of uncertainty. Preparedness with hard money serves as a prudent safeguard against the inevitable pitfalls of fiat currency systems.
Money is a fundamental pillar of human civilization, enabling trade, commerce, and economic growth. Over the centuries, the concept of money has undergone a fascinating transformation, evolving from tangible assets like gold and silver to the modern fiat currencies we use today.
Fiat currencies have long held an undeniable allure for governments, offering the tantalizing prospect of transferring wealth from the future to the present with a simple press of the printing press. However, history is replete with examples of the dangers lurking behind these government-backed promises.
The global fiat currency system we rely on today stands perilously close to the edge of the same precipice that countless civilizations have plummeted from before.
We should all be knowledgeable about the ominous parallels between our current system and the failures of fiat currencies throughout history.
The “Genesis” of Fiat Currencies
Fiat currency, in its essence, is a government-issued legal tender that lacks intrinsic value, unlike currencies backed by tangible assets such as gold or silver. The term “fiat” comes from the Latin phrase “fiat lux,” meaning “let there be light,” which is found in the book of Genesis.
- Biblical Reference: In Latin, the book of Genesis in the Bible features the phrase “fiat lux,” which means “let there be light.” This linguistic connection highlights the term “fiat,” suggesting the creation of something out of nothing, akin to the creation of currency.
- Andrew Dickson White and the Coining of the Term: The term “fiat currency” was popularized by American historian Andrew Dickson White in his 1875 book, “Fiat Money Inflation in France.” White used this term to describe money with no intrinsic value.
Intrinsic Value of Money
Throughout history, various items have served as money, some with intrinsic value and others without. Understanding the concept of intrinsic value is essential to appreciate the evolution of money.
- Money with Intrinsic Value: Traditional forms of money include commodities like gold, silver, beaver pelts, and even cigarettes. These items had inherent worth and were widely accepted as mediums of exchange.
- Unconventional Forms of Money: Surprisingly, even cowry shells were used as currency for centuries in ancient China and other regions bordering the Indian Ocean. The Chinese character for “money/currency” is believed to be a pictograph of a cowrie shell.
Birth of Paper Money
Paper money revolutionized the concept of currency, introducing a more practical and flexible form of exchange.
- Chinese Origins: Paper money was first introduced during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD) in China. It gradually evolved from engraved wooden blocks to sophisticated credit mechanisms and promissory notes for trade.
- Rise of the Gold Standard: Paper money was initially backed by gold or other tangible assets. For instance, the English government established the Bank of England in 1694, issuing fixed denomination notes, marking the birth of true British banknotes.
Historical Challenges of Gold-Based Currencies
While the gold standard provided stability, it faced challenges when significant new gold deposits were discovered. Historical events, such as Spain’s gold raids and the California gold rush, disrupted the gold-based currency systems.
The gold supply is finite, and significant discoveries were rare. This scarcity led to the occasional destabilization of gold-backed systems.
The Transition to Fiat Currencies
The 20th century witnessed a transition from gold-backed systems to fiat currencies driven by economic realities, including wars and the need for flexible monetary policies.
- World Wars and Economic Necessity: The two world wars strained economies and required nations to adopt fiat currencies to finance their efforts. The ability to print money during crises became crucial.
- Bretton Woods Agreement: After World War II, the Bretton Woods agreement established the US dollar as the world’s primary reserve currency, backed by gold. Other countries pegged their currencies to the US dollar.
- [END OF PART 1]
Part 2 will explain:
- Our modern fiat currency system
- Inflation and its inherent connection to fiat currencies
- A global history of fiat currency failures – beginning with the Roman Empire
Continue to Part 2: Historical Proof that All Fiat Currencies Collapse
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