Goat Bartering System Saves Woman’s Life

reported by BNP via the Genesis Review

problem solving the complications of goat bartering

problem solving the complications of goat bartering

While many people have been complaining about the current goat monetary policy, at least one woman is alive today because of it.  The inconvenience of carrying goats in a pocket or briefcase,  meant that she was given several forms of a client’s personal identification to hold onto until he could send a goat over.  When the woman was arrested for illegal activity, she was able to produce these pieces of identification.  The client, a man of significant influence and authority, recognized her and was able to vouch for her character.  She was released under his care, but it is unclear whether or not she ever received her goat.

failed goat transaction

failed goat transaction

Those who have been defending goat-backed money have been quick to spread the story.  They point out that goats have intrinsic value, which brings stability to the economy.  Goats cannot be printed at random by the Magnanimous Central Government(MCG).  Goats cannot be forged, and stolen goats are difficult to hide.

Judah vouches for Tamar

Judah vouches for Tamar

The argument against goats is multifaceted.  Besides the trouble of shopping with the herd, there is the issue of making change.  Not everything is worth a whole goat.  Stopping and butchering a goat on the spot is time consuming; plus, not everyone agrees on how the value of a live goat compares to the various parts of a goat.  To make things even more complicated, all live goats are not of equal value, so it is hard to advertise prices.  Shopkeepers who cannot employ a goat expert at each business location are concerned about having bad goats passed off on them.

The MCG Goat Reserve (MCGGR), which was created to monitor and control the supply of goats, has been accused of flooding the market.  Not having anything to do other than give them away, the MCGGR does just that.  The resulting inflation is bad enough, but bringing along enough goats is cumbersome and goat mugging has increased.  The thieves can snatch from the edges of the shoppers’ herds.

Goat banks are beginning to spring up around the city.  Goats can be deposited and kept safely locked up.  The customer is then given a credit notebook to carry from merchant to merchant.  When a purchase is made, both parties sign next to an agreed upon number of goats.  At the end of each business day, the business owners can then collect the goats and take them home.  If this banking practice continues to catch on, some are predicting that goats will be completely abandoned as the basis of transactions and people will simply buy and sell based on figures in their notebooks.  Old goats just won’t be worth anything.

(for further information see Genesis 38)

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