All The Cool Kids Are Doing It -- Making Money
Here's the idea: the US dollar is in trouble, either because the "gubberment" or Federal Reserve is ramping-up the printing presses to paper-over the cracks in the economy or, in the full-strength version, because of a secret conspiracy to enslave mankind via inflation.
The solution? Gold. Gold, you see, is finite and therefore not subject to government- or central bank-inspired inflation and therefore, the theory goes, is a permanent wealth store. Since the heady days of the early 2000s gold-buggery has become rather more mainstream, thanks mainly to the internet, though it does remain a fringe hobby. To hell with gold, though. It's grubby, it has to be dug out of the ground, sieved, cleaned, melted, it's bloody heavy and, well, just not very two-point-oh at all. Now there's a new kid on the conspiracists' currency block: bitcoin.
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