The “War on Cash” in 10 Spine-Chilling Quotes, by Don Quijones

The Orwellian “war on cash,” in the words of its advocates. Big Brother will soon be watching every dollar, euro, franc, yen, ruble, or yuan you spend, all in the name of convenience and to foil any “bad” people who would otherwise use cash to facilitate their misdeeds. From Don Quijones, at wolf

The war on cash is escalating. As Mises’ Jo Salerno reports, the latest combatant to join the fray is JP Morgan Chase, the largest bank in the U.S., which recently enacted a policy restricting the use of cash in selected markets; bans cash payments for credit cards, mortgages, and auto loans; and disallows the storage of “any cash or coins” in safe deposit boxes. In other words, the war has moved on from one of words to actions.

Here are ten quotes that should chill the spine of any individual who cherishes his or her freedom and anonymity:

1. Kenneth Rogoff (from the intro to his paper The Costs and Benefits to Phasing Out Paper Currency):

“Despite advances in transactions technologies, paper currency still constitutes a notable percentage of the money supply in most countries… Yet, it has important drawbacks. First, it can help facilitate activity in the underground (tax-evading) and illegal economy. Second, its existence creates the artifact of the zero bound on the nominal interest rate.”

In other words, cash (not money) is the source of all evil and must be destroyed because governments can’t trace its every movement, and it represents a limiting factor on central banks’ ability to continue their insane negative-interest-rate experiment.

2. Citigroup’s Chief Economist Willem Buiter responds to the monetary economist Charles Goodhart’s description of abolishing currency as “shockingly illiberal.”

“(T)his cost has to be seen against the cost that the anonymity of currency presents to society. Even though hard evidence is hard to come by, it is very likely that the underground economy and the criminal community are among the heaviest users of currency.”

This, I believe, is the hidden intent behind all the excited talk about banning cash: to do away with the personal anonymity it offers.

3. France’s finance minister Michel Sapin adds a dose of scare-mongering, which can do wonders. In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo murders, put much of the blame for the attacks on the assailants’ ability to buy dangerous things with cash. Shortly thereafter he announced a raft of capital controls that included a €1,000 cap on cash payments, down from €3,000. Such radical counter measures were necessary, he said, to “fight against the use of cash and anonymity in the French economy.”

To continue reading: The “War on Cash” in 10 Spine-Chilling Quotes

See also: The “War on Cash” Migrates to Switzerland, SLL, 4/26/15

5 responses to “The “War on Cash” in 10 Spine-Chilling Quotes, by Don Quijones

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  3. Reblogged this on Starvin Larry and commented:
    Buy gold,buy silver,buy gold and silver coins,have a skill you can use to barter for stuff you need- just because .gov inc. wants to trace every transaction you make doesn’t mean you have to let them.


  4. I doubt that as many as one person in 10,000 could even comprehend, let alone accept, the idea that money could not, and should not be a State monopoly. This is the inevitable result.


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