The WAR on CASH isnít
itís already here.
By Charles Chang
The war on cash, or the drive to a cashless
society is a real movement and itís here today, arguably to stay. Like many
things that involve the loss of liberty this one definitely snuck up on people.
Itís here and people donít realize it because like many of you, you have a few
bucks in your wallets. You pull out your wallet or purse and look in it and you
might have fifty, a hundred, or even a few hundred bucks in it. This is called
walking around money.
But if you think about it, the money you spend day in and day out is with credit
or debit cards. 90% of how we move money these days is digital. Money transfers
between investment accounts, auto debits, or direct deposits from your employer
all act the same.
The Illusion: Cash is available but it really isnít.
The cashless and/or digital society is already here. Now, I he same things
mentioned above and am no different but this cashless society does have some
implications. For instance, the amount of cash in circulation is $1.3 trillion;
however, the entire money supply is nearly ten times that amount. Which means
the US dollar is a digital currency for all intensive purposes and as I
mentioned earlier, we may keep a few paper dollars in our wallets from time to
time but the vast majority of financial transactions are conducted digitally.
However we must always remember we work and get paid with currency. Out true
wealth is our time which we trade away moment by moment, hour by hour, day by
day, and year by year for currency that is sometimes printed as pieces of paper
or struck in worthless alloy coins pumped into our economic system and backed by
In a federal reserve system such as ours in the US banks are only required to
hold a fraction of their assets in cash. Some banks are required to hold 10%
while others are only required to have 1% or less. So literally, on a 10%
requirement, a bank would only have to keep $100 if you deposited $1000 just in
case you wanted to pull out some cash. This means if people who demanded their
deposit in physical cash because they fear the bank may be insolvent, there
wouldnít be enough cash in the system to fulfill the rightful requests. Banks
would quickly run out of cash, close their doors, and fuel a panic that would
spread like wildfire.
History repeats itself.
Something similar just happened in Greece. The loss of confidence in the Greek
government, fueled by the fear of the fold, pushed people to withdraw their hard
earned money from the banks. So much money was withdrawn that the European
Central Bank (ECB) had to provide an emergency liquidity assistance (ELA)
because Greek banks were days away from financial collapse. Even though the
Greek government assured itís citizens that everything was normal and their bank
deposits were safe they still imposed capital control.
From the US in 1933 to Cyprus in 2013 to the most recent example we just saw in
Greece, governments have been known to declare a bank holiday and then impose
some sort of penalty on cash withdrawals while they figure out how to rescue the
economy on the backs of its hard working citizens.
A Cashless Society is the perfect setup for negative interest rates.
Another way to think of a cashless society is to set up the world for negative
interest rates. What are negative interest rates you ask? Basically if you put
$100,000 in the bank at a -1% interest rate youíll come back a year later and
Instead of giving you one, two, or five thousand dollars back in interest, which
is what USED to happen (remember those days?), the bank takes away part of your
money as negative interest rates. This is designed to get people to spend their
money because if you spend it the bank is not going to take it away but if you
donít you pay the negative interest rate. Itís a way to force you to spend your
hard earned money to get the economy moving. But, as you probably guessed, this
doesnít really work. The economy has more structural problems but that is the
general idea behind it.
To be clear, banks and governments are setting you up for negative interest
either to take your money or to induce you to spend it. However, in order to do
that they have to get rid of cash.
In theory there is nothing wrong with paying your banker if they are protecting
your value and providing you with a real service but as you probably already
know, banks are actually wired to take your hard earned savings and make a few
extra bucks on the side. In fact they have a history of making often absurd
loans and over- leveraged bets using your money not theirs. This is why itís so
insulting to pay them interest. Think about it. Youíre paying them to gamble
with your savings. Itsí obscene.
Now, thereís also other factors such as the war on drugs and the war on terror.
Both ďindustriesĒ are funded with cash. Governments always take it too far and
say ďweíre not against everyday citizens but weíre just trying to stop these bad
drug dealers and terrorists and thatís why weíre putting these restrictions on
cash.Ē Safety at the loss of liberty is no liberty at all.
But why should anyone hold cash?
For one, itís their right to hold cash. Other than that, you might have a cash
intensive business or want cash for emergencies. If you live in an area with
hurricanes and power goes out NO ONE is processing a credit card and ATMís donít
The war on cash is designed to set us up for negative interest rates,
confiscation, capital control, and encourage people to spend their money. But
also, it creates a fake wealth effect forcing people into inappropriate and
risky investments. This system allows banks and other investors to go out,
borrow cheap money, buy houses and stocks, bid up the price of assets, and as a
result create a false wealth effect. At the same time, this makes people FEEL
richer where people want to spend their money and get the economy on a self-
sustaining path. In order to do reach scale and get masses of people (including
you) to do that you need to herd people into big banks, condition them to
digital wealth, and get rid of cash.
Has this happened before?
In the 1890ís, if you had to pay for something you reached into your pocket and
pulled out a gold or silver dollar coin. People literally carried around solid
silver and gold coins even until the 1950ís. A quarter or dime was still solid
silver until the 1960ís when the government debased the coins by adding copper,
zinc, and a few other alloys to make the coins worthless.
Now the question is, how did they get people to get rid of gold coins?
The answer is very simple, with 400 ounce gold bars and Iím not talking about
after Franklin D. Roosevelt made gold
illegal. Before that from 1910-1914 the government said you could have gold
but what they did was take all the coins out of circulation and put them into
400 ounce bars. Nobody is going to walk abound with a 400 ounce bar gold or
silver bar in your pocket. I can hear it now, ďhey is that a gold bar or are you
happy to see me?Ē These bars are not light. Weighing in at a good 30 pounds itís
like lifting a dumbbell.
So, by turning the coins into bars you needed a whole lot of money to own a bar
and even if you owned one you sure werenít going to carry it on your person. You
were going to leave it in the bank vault. This process was done gradually of
course and people didnít seem to notice the government was substituting gold
coins for paper money without making gold illegal all at once. The government
successfully created these gold bars in very large quantities and got rid of
gold coins in one fell swoop. Later in 1933, when they made gold illegal, not
many people were using gold coins because the majority of citizens had already
switched to paper money. When these same citizens tried to exchange their paper
money for gold they found out they couldnít. Surprise!
Nowadays, the government is herding people into banks, that is a small number of
institutions, and make it less and less convenient to have the old form of money
(cash) and more convenient to have the new form of money (cards). However, the
new form of money involves some form of government control and people donít seem
to notice it until itís too late. I hope by reading this you are not one of
Written by Charles Chang
Charles is the CEO of GolVerCard. The worldís first cryptocurrency backed by
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