Magazine April 11, 2016, Issue

The Abolition of Cash

Governments prefer e-money; citizens should not.

Government gathers power sometimes in great swoops, sometimes by stealth, and sometimes in slow, sly increments, foreshadowed by position papers, op-eds, and regulatory tweaks designed to address an “issue” that a careless citizenry has overlooked.

It’s this slower, slyer approach that is now in motion as Big Brother’s smaller brethren take aim at cash. An advance guard of regulation has paved the way. Deposit more than $10,000 in cash into a bank and the feds have to be told. Bring that amount into the U.S. and Customs has to be told. Get stopped by the police with “too much” cash (a

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Books, Arts & Manners


Politics & Policy


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Politics & Policy

The Week

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The Long View

Final Bulletin

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Politics & Policy


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