look at the photo – and caption – below, and think long and hard.
I know Monopoly
is just a game; but then again, what’s so “SACROSANCT” about
the U.S. dollar? Since Monopoly was invented in 1934, not a single
“monopoly dollar” has been added to circulation. That is, each
2012 version has the same amount in its “bank” as in 1934. And
thus – what do you know? PRICES HAVEN’T CHANGED AT ALL!
right, Baltic Avenue has ALWAYS been $60, and
Boardwalk ALWAYS $400. Not to mention – for real estate-focused readers
– a “house” or “hotel” on Boardwalk has ALWAYS
been $200. Actually, the only “monopoly price” that has increased
in 78 years is the “Luxury Tax” – from $75 to $100
– to simplify making change!
know, Monopoly’s “just a game.” However, the concept is
no different, as we have been conditioned to recognize the
“value” of the “monopoly dollar”; just as we have
with the U.S. dollar. Only the monopoly dollar is NEVER inflated, as we see
in other games (when I was a child, 100 thousand in pinball was like
100 million today). And NOTHING is more inflated than the U.S. dollar
– save the Zimbabwean dollar – with some of its dilution
occurring overtly, but potential an EQUAL amount covertly.
underestimate the message in this RANT, as in time – potentially, VERY
SOON – the “monopoly dollar” will be viewed as more
“valuable” than the U.S. dollar, and the hundreds of fiat
currencies anchored to it since 1971. No matter how you slice it, fiat
currencies only meet two of the six defining principles of
“money” – the two least important, to boot.
currency is VERIFIABLE, SCARCE, universally accepted as a MEDIUM OF
EXCHANGE, and a time-tested STORE OF VALUE, it won’t take long
before it is discarded – WORTHLESS – to the dustbin of
YOURSELF, and do it NOW!