We Want Wampum

“No complaint… is more common than that of a scarcity of money.” – Adam Smith When the settlers in the New World weren’t slaughtering natives to increase economic expansion by assuming control of their land, they were learning new ways of expanding their economy. Wampum was one such lesson. “Modern …

Let Me Hear That Jingle Jangle

“A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.” –Yogi Berra In addition to cattle, slaves, and grain, money as a means of trade has had a number of incarnations, such as teeth, gemstones, foods, weapons, seashells, grains, salt, animal skins, bones, and feathers, but none of them changed the world quite …

In Debt We Trust

“Debt . . . . that peculiar nexus where money, narrative or story, and religious belief intersect, often with explosive force.” – Margaret Atwood, Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth                As nomads, life provided as we moved, and when there was no food in an area, we …