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Opinion from a Libertarian ViewPoint

Should Cash Be Abolished? – LewRockwell

Posted by Martin C. Fox on January 31, 2017

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/01/frank-shostak/cash-abolished/

Yesterday I witnessed a friend at the state wine shop paying with plastic.  Helping keep the data bankers in business.

First, there is the problem that the mandatory switch from physical money to money held as deposits within banks will deprive people of the privacy they may wish in the allocation of their financial resources.

Second, once all cash is transferred to the banking system, there is the real risk that control over that money is progressively ceded to that system and to the governments which thrive upon it. Political or consumption activities that are unpopular with government and/or commercial interests — especially in an environment of growing powers of the “security state” — could result in retributive action via restrictions on access to those monetary balances.

Third, in a purely digital world it would be impossible to withdraw physical money should people believe that their bank (or the banking system as a whole) was at risk of collapse. This could potentially lock people on board a sinking ship, or at least remove the ability of people to make their own judgments and vote with their monetary feet.

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