Could there be a one world currency?
As a citizen of the best country in the history of the world, the United States, I would have said no 5 years ago. I would have told you that’s a terrible idea. The United States is home of the US Dollar. And to the United States government, the Dollar represents a global license to print money. This is because the Dollar has stood as the Reserve currency of the world since 1944(google: Bretton Woods). No other country in the world has the same power to literally just print money with a printing press, because other countries have to convert their currency to Dollars before performing global trade.
But the times, they are a changin’!
Fast FWD 5 years to present day
All of those dollars printed since 1944 were leveraged further using debt and fractional reserve banking. We are all familiar with how debt increases the money supply. Fractional reserve banking is the process of expanding the money supply further by banks issuing new loans every time a deposit is made. This means when u put $100 in the bank, they turn it into $1000 in loans.
After decades of printing money into existence and operating in a system ran by debt, the house of cards crashed in 2007. A huge run on the system occurred from ’02 to ’07 when Debt flooded the world like never before. The country thrived as they lived on the money the banks loaned them. Loans that existed off of money which was printed into existence from nothing and charged interest on. Banks thrived as housing was used to further leverage the money supply by being used as collateral for more debt. But 2007 exposed the system. In 2007, the economy fell like Jenga when society could no longer make the minimum interest payment on it’s debts. Banks tried to patch the hole in the bubble by dropping interest rates to zero so that the system could stimulate debt to stay afloat, but it was too late. The debt was already too much to repay.
The banks then had to foreclose on the houses because they weren’t receiving payments. The banks want interest, not rent, so the houses are useless to them. This caused a flood of supply to the housing market and drove values down. The housing crash was absorbed to them because they got reimbursed by insurance companies like AIG. That is what then caused the stock market crash in 2008. Fannie and Freddie crashed first, then huge public insurance companies like AIG went bankrupt from reimbursing the banks for their foreclosure losses. Financial stocks tumbled and brought the other sectors down with them, causing the stock market to fall 50 percent.
The banks needed the insurance companies to keep bailing them out, so they got the government to issue that huge bailout. In addition to their beloved insurance companies receiving hundreds of billions of dollars, they got plenty for themselves thrown into the package. They then used their money to buy up the little banks, furthering their empire of banks.
Now the banks were posting record profits from the money they had received from the government and insurance companies, but the public was still in shambles. Even with the government dumping trillions of Dollars into the system, unemployment soared as housing continued to crash from the continually increasing supply of housing led by foreclosures, loans stopped and trade halted, both globally as well as on a local scale.
With the US economy on life support, the rest of the world stopped investing in it. This means foreign nations stopped purchasing our debt. To keep the economy going, more Dollars were printed and injected into the economy, which devalued the existing dollars. Now we are on the brink of another Jenga. This time the collapse would be much more devistating, as it would be caused by the exposure to the currency bubble that the Dollars has been in. The cause of the bubble: Too much currency in circulation. The problem is that there are significantly more Dollars in circulation than there is production of goods and services. This inevitably leads to the increase in prices to all goods. This also means, unless you are getting a pay increase to adjust for the increase in prices, you won’t be able to live the same as before. In addition, if you have money in savings, it will now buy you less than it would have in the past.
Foreign countries have took notice of our currency manipulation, and they don’t like it. Most notably China, who is fighting to have their currency, the Yuan, replace the Dollar as the reserve currency of the world. The reason they don’t like supply of Dollars flooding the world is because it means the interest they are collecting from investing in the US is being paid back to them in Dollars, which are lower in value than they were when these foreign nations invested in the US.
A currency crash, which is economically referred to as hyper-inflation, would result in a world depression.
I believe that we will see this happen very soon, as we are seeing the value of the dollar plummet, while at the same time more and more dollars being printed. This is why commodities such as oil, gold, and silver have been skyrocketing since this mess began in 2007.
So what will happen when this happens? I believe it will cause a global reliance on government, which will then cause one of two scenarios. The first scenario being a merge of the biggest nations in the world into a one world government, and the second being a world war for control of a world government. Either way, freedoms will be lost and quality of life diminished. But I will assure you, someone, somewhere, will be gaining power from the whole thing..
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