Money is not what it used to be. Our dollars and cents have come to share the financial universe with “aliens” that go by strange names, such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. The European and Chinese central banks are experimenting with digital currencies that would transform banking as we know it. Meme stocks with no underlying value wreak havoc on Wall Street. No doubt, we live in a moment when our most basic understandings of money are being challenged. In order to gain some perspective on what’s going on—and a sense of what to expect going forward—Professor Frederick Kaufman will explore the 40,000-year history of this fiction we all agree to believe, with an eye on the future of money. He will explain how the present state of affairs came to be, and how cryptocurrency may not be all that different from the beads and shells of primitive money.
The Money Plot: A History of Currency’s Power to Enchant, Control, and Manipulate, by Frederick Kaufman
Life After Google: The Fall of Big Data and the Rise of the Blockchain Economy, by George Gilder
Debt: The First 5,000 Years, by David Graeber
The Commercial Revolution of the Middle Ages, 950-1350, by Robert S. Lopez
The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time, by Karl Polanyi
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