The Concept Of Money And The Money Illusion

Awareness about the concept of money is making a comeback. Gone are the decades in which the global citizenry was fooled to leave this subject to economists, governments and banks – a setup that has proven to end in disaster. The crisis in 2008 has spawned debate about what money is, where it comes from and where it should come from.

First, let us have a look at the fundamentals of money. How did Money evolve? Thousands and thousands of years ago before any trade occurred homo sapiens used to be self-sufficient; families or small communities grew their own crops, fished the seas, raised cattle and made their own tools.

When barter emerged the necessity to be self-sufficient ceased to exist. A farmer that grew tomatoes and carrots could exchange some of his production output for bananas or oranges if he wished to do so. There was no necessity for the farmer to grow all of the crops he wished to consume, when there was an option to trade.