Base Money and Fiduciary Money

Ugly Old Goat
5 min readAug 28, 2022

DeFi is a cursed global game of cooties from men with no integrity.

In my last article, I examined the Real Bills Doctrine and how it does not work unless newly created purchasing media is subordinated to a hard secure commodity like gold or bitcoin.

Standing alone the RBD links one nominal variable, the money stock, with another nominal variable, the dollar volume of the money stock. In doing so RBD fails to distinguish nominal output from real output creating a spiraling loop of inflation or deflation. This phenomenon is manifest in The Crypto World.

Also addressed is the myth of a fiat 100% Reserve Standard which is really just a commodity warehousing operation. With gold, it requires a vault and other expenses. With bitcoin, it requires private keys, “Not your keys, not your bitcoin.”

To better illustrate, Matthew Mezinskis outlined that there are really only two kinds of money: base money and fiduciary money. All fiduciary money is fractional reserve money. Fiduciary media is the definition of banking.

But while this description is helpful, it does not distinguish sound base money from unsound base money. Nor does it distinguish sound fiduciary money from unsound fiduciary money.

The current train wreck of crypto banks is because these banks create unsound base money. The result is they have no prayer to develop sound fiduciary money.

This is the fatal flaw of DeFi. DeFi is cursed because the fiduciary media is created nominally and retired nominally (if at all), from Hex to Hex to borrow from DeFi pioneer Richard Hearts' pump and dump creation appropriately named. Both base money (hex) and fiduciary money (hex priced in dollars) are a curse except for its creators and those gifted with “free” money” who then have an incentive to promote the hex to curse others. DeFi is a global game of cooties from men with no integrity.

These unsound commercial banking schemes are built on the illusion that money creation creates wealth, essentially putting the cart before the horse.