• The Dollar

    The Dollar. The Almighty Dollar. The Dollar Bill. A "Federal Reserve Note." I debated with myself on what to title this rant. I considered calling it “Brian Brown on the Economy” or “Brian Brown on the Federal Reserve Bank,” but while it about all of these issues, I felt that the subject of the economy was too broad and the Federal Reserve Bank was, actually, too narrow. Here’s what I mean: The economy, any economy, whether it is the planetary economy, a government’s economy, or your own, personal economy is dependent on more that just the mere currency used in financial transactions. I did not want to rant merely about…

  • Money

    I previously wrote a rant on the United States Dollar, but this rant is about the more generic term, money. Money can include the U.S. Dollar, the Canadian Looney, the Mexican Peso, any other currency or coinage, or, for that matter, anything that is recognized by at least two people as a medium of exchange for goods and/or services. Having said that, for most of us, the question of where money comes from brings to mind pictures of the Mint stamping coins and the Bureau of Engraving printing bills. Money, most of us believe, is created by the government. This is true, but only to a point. Those metal and…