World News: Money Week
What we use as money today is either issued by governments, or created by banks through the issuance of debt. The status of money is protected by the law – we must use what we use as money – and by the fact that taxes are levied in this money.
But underneath it all, there's nothing there – nothing tangible anyway. It's just a law, a man-made law. It's not even a proper promise. The writing you see on a £20 sterling note – 'I promise to pay the bearer on demand the sum of twenty pounds' – is in effect a promise to pay something that doesn't exist. It's a great big load of old baloney.