Lawrence Parks (in 1999)

Imagine that somehow you were able to create legal tender money (dollars) out of nothing and with no work. Can you conceive of how much power that would give you? For openers, you would have the ability to buy off politicians with unlimited campaign contributions, thereby corrupting the political process. You could then enlist the coercive powers of government to consolidate your advantage over ordinary people and otherwise further your ends. Think of how you would be able to enhance your own life and those of your friends and colleagues by, in effect, redistributing the real wealth of society from those who earned it to favored parties.