Unformatted text preview: cal desires in exchange for these pieces of paper which, in and of themselves, are worthless. To anyone who has lived in a modern economy, this social custom is not at all odd. Even though paper money has no intrinsic value, the restaurateur is confi-dent that, in the future, some third person will accept it in exchange for something that the restaurateur does value. And that third person is confident that some fourth person will accept the money, with the knowledge that yet a fifth person will accept the money . . . and so on. To the restaurateur and to other people in our society, your cash or check represents a claim to goods and services in the future. T H E M O N E T A R Y S Y S T E M...
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- Spring '10
- Federal Reserve, Federal Reserve System, restaurateur