Federal Reserve Note 2015

Everything we use that doesn’t grow out of the ground by itself was created by someone. Every apple consumed was grown purposefully for us. Every toilet flush, shower, and sink required a whole lot of people to install pipes and pumps. Every light or computer you turn on is being powered because someone is running an electric plant right now. Mail gets to doors because a person physically delivers it there. We are able to watch as much YouTube as we want for free because Google is paying for servers somewhere. Basically, practically any useful thing in any useful form was made for consumption by another person.

We use money as the universal exchange for all these things. We need to make enough value (money) of our own to pay for value others give us. Money is (supposed to be) a measure of value that we’ve created.

That means that every dollar we use must fall into one of three categories:

  1. Earned by creating value for someone else.
  2. Gifted by someone who earned the dollar.
  3. Stolen from someone else.

Those are the only possible ways to accumulate or use money. If you have a dollar that you didn’t earn and wasn’t a gift from someone who earned a dollar, you’ve stolen a dollar. Every dollar that that the Fed prints takes a little bit of value out of your earned dollar. When our government gives out money as “bailouts” or “handouts” remember that those terms don’t really describe what they’re doing. A “handout” sounds like a giveaway. The money they are giving to individuals, banks, and any other group is almost all stolen money.