[LINK] The shocking reason the U.S. wants to stop Facebook’s Libra

Roger Clarke Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Thu Jul 11 20:18:40 AEST 2019

On 11/7/19 7:44 pm, Kim Holburn wrote:
> I noticed that.  I seem to recall that in the past banks created their own currency.

And the present.

That's assuming that the increasingly strange country that I was born in 
is currently in the present.  (Now *there's* a sentence that Terry 
Pratchett could have used, particularly pertinently in 'Making Money').

There appear to be 10 such banks right now:

Funny-peculiar reigns:


> https://www.therightnote.com.au/articles/private-banknotes-in-australia-1817-1901/ <https://www.therightnote.com.au/articles/private-banknotes-in-australia-1817-1901/>
> Surely in other countries too.
>> On 2019/Jul/11, at 2:28 pm, JLWhitaker <jwhit at internode.on.net> wrote:
>> On 11/07/2019 9:16 AM, Kim Holburn wrote:
>>>> Money has, until the rise of decentralized cryptocurrencies, been an instrument of the state and central banks. Never before had a company decided to just start issuing money of their own. Until now.
>> Historically not true. Look up scrip.
>> Jan
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