The True Value of Good Cash Money

Source: National Review
by Christian Schneider

“Today, people rarely carry cash, and if they do, it is typically in case something goes drastically wrong. But with the loss of cash also comes the loss of anonymity. When you pay with a card or a phone, there is always an electronic trail of both your purchases and your whereabouts. You are forever on the grid, subjecting yourself to the monitoring of nosy, prying busybodies. There is nothing more American than the dollar bill and the independence it offers. No matter where you are in the country, it speaks the regional dialect. It fits neatly in your pocket, it can survive a run through the wash, and it intimidates people. Would anyone actually feel threatened if Clint Eastwood chomped on a cigar and declared he was in search of ‘a fistful of PayPal?'” (03/09/23)