OK, Cub, keeping in mind that I do not even pretend to understand how higher finance works, here's the problem. I have one son with whom I consistently disagree, or else he disagrees with me, I'm not sure which. I tell him that our economy is being manipulated and that's why we're going down the tubes. He tells me that it is not, that the problem is individual greed and inflation comes about because people pay whatever rather than cut back on their consumption.
Now I say that I don't understand how higher finance works. I understand money as a medium of exchange---that makes sense to me. But when money becomes a commodity itself, esp. fiat money and nonexistent stuff like futures, it ceases to make sense and I can't follow it. I don't even want to follow it because it is a perversion, in my opinion.
This is coming from your first post on this thread. Let's dig about in this for awhile before we move on.