Exception to the delta rule

Following on previous and especially pivoting from the discussion of money as DELTA of value.

Whether we’re talking about a clock mainspring or a storage battery or a capacitor or a dam or a grain elevator or a bank account, we are always storing a DELTA produced by work. The work comes in many forms. Plants do most of the work for grain. A battery or capacitor is charged by pushing electrons into one end. A dam is charged by pushing water into one end.  The contents of the bank account or safe were pushed in by valuable human labor.

Expecting to see a gain of energy without work is ALMOST always futile. When the “stock valuation” or the “crypto valuation” goes up, no work has gone into those numbers. Those numbers are pure abstractions, pure symbols. They don’t store or represent anything at all, and they can be wiped out in an instant, just as a word is wiped out after you speak it. When you put money into those “markets”, you are simply evaporating the results of your own work.

One very common electrical device breaks the delta-only rule in a way that has no obvious hydraulic or mechanical analogy. A dry cell is NOT charged up by pushing electrons into it.

The maker of a dry cell simply places two metals near each other with an appropriate chemical between them. These two metals (eg copper and zinc) will move ions until the donor metal is used up.

I was wondering if there’s a monetary equivalent of a dry cell.

Instant answer: Bitcoin. And all the other ‘Spanish Prisoner’ scams including “politics” and “elections”. The makers of these dry cells have identified and mined the ion-donors, then placed the donors next to the acceptor metals with an appropriate acid between. This acid, called an Influencer, strips off the protective oxide film of the donor, enabling the donor to make direct contact with the acceptor.

Result: A flow of energy that can be used by the maker of the cell until the donor is corroded down to nothing.

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