I was listening to NPR on Saturday and heard a piece about money that kind of gave me a "woooahhh, duuude" stoner moment. Now, I'm not an economist, nor have I ever studied economics, so maybe it's all radio showmanship that drew me in with excellent theater. Part of it shows how Brazil printed tons of money that didn't exist to finance a new city, ruined their economy, then tricked everyone into thinking the economy was strong - which made it strong again (kind of like how if people think the stock market will fail, they sell everything - which causes the market to fall?). There are people here that are in the know about different economic viewpoints, though. If anyone could give a listen, I'd love to hear what you think about it, and what it means - if anything. http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/423/the-invention-of-money Another disclaimer - this isn't one of those "I think (story that supports my political ideology by discrediting the opposition's) is very interesting" threads. I don't even know what ideology this idea comes down to. I didn't even listen to the third part of the show (about Ben Bernanke). I just want to get some thoughts about this stuff.