Monday, February 14, 2011

"MONEY IS NOT REALLY REAL"


Message on sign:
MONEY
IS NOT
REALLY
REAL

February 14, 2011

Thanks for inspiration for the sign to Vitaly Ivanov.

Other signs on the Quad: a tent was put up advertising zipcar.com

Some people agreed with the sign. Others thought money would be "real" if its value were tied to something like gold. However, they realized that if tomorrow gold were to be declared radioactive, it would would become worthless.

One professor liked the sign and recommended a book he had his students read: Hernando De Soto "The Mystery of Capital".

Notable conversations:

- one guy has gotten a sign ready he plans to go out on the Quad with in the near future which will say: "TELL ME SOMETHING WEIRD". I joked that if he did so I would make a sign saying: "MONKEY SEE MONKEY DO".


For a complete transcript of discussions with people about this sign (or at least as complete as memory would allow), see here, February 14.

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