Rethinking Money

As a somewhat Marxist … after a lifetime of thinking about it — of course I never actually read Das Kapital, the Manifesto a bit easier to take, and admittedly I like Marx’s maxims … from each according to his [sic] abilities, to each according to her needs. When it comes to the class struggle, comrade, remember Karl’s wife was a Baroness, he, like Hegel, a (constitutional) monarchist (feudal, agrarian) at heart; that, plus the stuff assigned in the warmed over SocSci class at Graham (not a real school) by McAloon (the buffoon) and two copies of Marx on the American Civil War, his editorials from the NY Daily Herald. … which I bought to trace down a remembered statement from KM from the library copy I had, I remembered he dismissed Lincoln from his visit to the Midwest and interviews with Lincoln’s partner, Herndon, that Lincoln was “too plebian.” Well, that phrase is not in either of my 2 identical copies of Marx On the American Civil War, and I could not track it down on the Marx website, so I must have read something the Baroness wrote between the lines. If Marx had interviewed Medill in addition to Herndon, he might have gotten a job as a columnist — the NY Herald was letting him go and Chicago had a big German immigrant population

Karl, as I understand his understanding, did not understand where Capitalism comes from … from Capital of course, and the seed of capital is MONEY … money is an outgrowth of markets which derive from the agrarian ages circa 8000 bc … market money. The Mayans used cacao beans and quetzal feathers, sacred substances as market money, a medium of exchange, it needn’t have instrinsic value (eg gold) being, it is basically a government contract, ). In fact there is a Mayan God of markets — KaKao, who is allied with the black God of Commerce — Ek Chuah (which actually sounds like a sneeze), and KaKao, theobromo, medicine of the gods.

To control (here’s where Marxian axioms come in) — the production and distribution of the medium of exchange … is the primary function of government and the first step to civilization, probably prior to the urge to alphabet, to document transaction? What came first the number or the letter. EG nationalize the banks, and privatize everything else, and once you monetize something, money being a government contract, you MUST document and tax it — taxes being the fee for using the official exchange medium.

Marx didn’t appreciate the difference between plebian and proletarian … in Republican Rome, both “free” classes, the plebs were an enfranchised class, the proletariat, not so much, Roman citizenship being a graduated, hierarchal affair. The proles became enfranchised primarily by serving in Marius’s army, the urban plebs however are the entrepreneurial classes. There was capitalism in Caesar’s Rome … Crassus for example, who made a fortune in Roman real estate, there were factories, and debates about the economics of free vs slave labor. Just thought I’d toss a couple of beans (cacao) into the pot.

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