Gold is a naturally occurring substance that human beings choose to dig out of the ground or pick up on the surface, usually in or near riverbeds in which running water has exposed previously subsurface gold. It has historically been valued for its perceived beauty, its malleability, and its comparative scarceness. It is because of this last condition, its scarceness, that some economic systems have decided to use gold as a medium of exchange.
In any role—as a pretty object, as a thing that can easily turned into something else, or as a medium of exchange—gold’s value is socially invented and enforced. Gold is not money in some ontological sense of the word.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Let’s just redefine money to be whatever I, and I alone, have.
After ending an unhappy marriage and getting laid off twice, Hannah Shapiro last year found herself alone with two small children to support in Miami, far from her family in England. “I was so scared, I was paralyzed,” she says. “My heart was racing. I would take the kids to school and get back into bed.”
After a week like that, Ms. Shapiro, age 33, says she had a “light bulb” moment. “I thought, ‘What the heck am I doing in bed? I can turn this around.’ And I did.” She put her writing skills to work and set up a communications consulting business. …
As someone who has a communications consulting business, this
leaves me filled with optimism is terrifying.
At the risk of feeding the trolls, let’s all remember that what Rick Santorum calls “indoctrination,” normal people call “knowing facts.”
New thought: Is the time you spend writing an opinion column inversely proportional to how good it ends up being?
A company retained me to help publicize its lawsuit against its bank that alleges fraud and breach of contract. Here is our statement.