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If a country had gold but no food...

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"If a country had gold but no food, what would you do? I remember a long time ago when I was four years old and my father asked me this, to which I replied that I would trade gold for food. It seems like a simple question, trading money for sustenance but is actually a more complex question as I understood it. The whole thought process written out in text form behind the question is as follows: If you were in charge of a country that had gold, but for some reason, drought or other, did not have enough food during a harvesting season, would you trade gold bars from the treasury for food from another country, while keeping in mind that if you do so, then you would be able to print less money, because a country can print only as much money as the amount of gold [bars] in its treasury without causing inflation at any given time. I guess it would make the country poorer but would feed the country when it doesn't have enough food, so I said that I would trade. He passed away recently but would probably like to be remembered through this question and my reply to it. I guess this explains a bit about Europe, in a way. You see, in Europe we speak very little, or write very little, but discuss multitudes through our speech and writing. And besides, if another country were to trade food, past its surplus, it would need an incentive to do so, because food would be more expensive in that country temporarily due to there being less of it during a season."

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I think this was very well done! Very inspiring :)

I can't comment too much on the audio, but I can comment on the writing.

Nice introduction of the economic dilemma. You start with a seemingly simple question, but by introducing more concepts you build a bigger picture of its difficulty. The familial connection is touching, and illustrates the difference between a child and adult's perspective of the question.

My main criticism is that the last sentence feels out of place. It adds another detail to the original question, but after you stopped discussing said question and talking about your father—and after you talked about Europe. I'd suggest moving that point to within the argument so that it stays on topic, leaving the Europe statement as a concluding remark and connection.

Belthagor responds:

I was actually thinking I should put the last sentence somewhere in the middle of the text, because this way it feels like it trails off and then goes back on topic, instead of moving from topic to topic in a more organized way. Thanks for your review!

Meanwhile on r/politics:

"Bro just print more money! That's never lead to anything bad!"

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3.73 / 5.00

Jul 7, 2021
11:38 PM EDT
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3.5 MB
1 min 32 sec

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