Nature Decays, But Latinum Lasts Forever


With Fox News and Drudge stoking fears of a new global currency the question naturally arises of what to call the currency. One option, based on analogy with the Euro, would be to call it the Globo. On the other hand, part of the appeal of “Euro” is that it’s solid multi-lingual word—something that works as well in Portugese as it does in Finnish. On the world-wide scale, I’m not sure there’s anything truly similar that works.

One leading contender in the future monetary policy literature is the “credit” found in Galactic Empire’s as varied as George Lucas’ and Isaac Asimov’s. There’s also the “cubit” from Battlestar which actually manages to stay in use despite the near-total destruction of humanity.

But Glenn Beck should consider that the left’s agenda goes considerably beyond a black helicopter-based global monetary system. The ultimate aim is to establish a Star Trek-style post-capitalist society in which there’s no currency whatsoever. Fortunately, the Trek universe does provide some refuge for the right—the Ferengi who stand strong against the collectivist proclivities of their Alpha Quadrant neighbors. They, of course, have moved beyond fiat currency to a sound money system based on the un-replicatable liquid latinum; used in its gold-pressed form as a convenient means of exchange.