It’s a pretty common idea that the winners write the history books.
This isn’t to say there is a bunch of secret history that’s being kept from us.
Or even that events didn’t happen.
But how those events are remembered isn’t always clear.
One of the benefits of being in charge of a society is you get to frame these events however you want them.
And generally speaking, those in charge tend to put that kind of spin on events.
Meaning that events were more because of the people in charge.
That’s kind of a human thing.
We try to “take credit” for stuff when we were really just there when it happened.
It’s not really different from when something unexpected happens, and then we say, “I knew that was to happen!”
We didn’t really KNOW that was going to happen.
If we did it wouldn’t have been unexpected.
So when good things happen, those in charge try to take all the credit they can.
Especially if they need to be elected.
They need all the evidence they can.
This happens in the short term, AND in the long term.
Read any book about the history of money, and they will all describe money as coming FROM governments.
But in reality, the IDEA of money is very instinctive.
All humans have an instinctive idea for “commodity money.”
When you have something you want to trade.
You can trade that for what you want, OR you can trade it for something you KNOW you can trade for what you want.
Little kids do this all the time.
When trading game cards, for example.
They instinctively trade for cards because they know those cards are in great demand.
Not because they want them.
Because they have “trade value.”
Nobody needs to teach them this.
This is precisely what “money” or “currency” is.
Something that everybody agrees is worth something.
Sure, when governments started minting coins, it made it easier.
Mainly because the stamp on the coin let everybody know it was real, and not make.
But governments didn’t INVENT the process.
They just make it easier.
(And also consider that since governments controlled all the guys with weapons, they controlled all the gold and silver mines..)
The idea of trading for something that is worth something to somebody else is a deeply human trait.
It’s the human instinct that is the cornerstone of all societies.
All creation, all inventions, and everything that exists.
You don’t need to learn how, you need to re-discover how.
By erasing all those false ideas about money.