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10,000 Years Ago, Elon Musk Would Have Been Casting Spells Into Feathers, Rocks, and Shells

How the ‘Technoking’ imbues assets with value in the same way medieval kings would

SpaceX owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk poses on the red carpet of the Axel Springer Award 2020
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Where does money come from, and how did it get that way?

Most people assume that it all started with bartering, but the barter theory, popularized…




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Frederick Kaufman

Frederick Kaufman

Professor of journalism, magazine writer, author of The Money Plot: A History of Currency’s Power to Enchant, Control, and Manipulate.

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