"Nomisma by itself is a mere device which has value only by nomos (law) and not by nature; so that a change of convention between those who use it, is sufficient to deprive it of value and its power to satisfy our wants." — Aristotle, "Politica."
"By virtue of voluntary convention nomisma has become the medium of exchange. We call it nomisma, because its efficacy is due not to nature but to nomos (law), and because it is always in our power to control it." — Aristotle, " Ethica."Not according to the warped "metal lovers" uncle Ari !
I wonder who Aristotle meant when he used the word "our" in the second quote, as in "it is in our power to control it"? Who is "us" here? And then correspondingly who is NOT "us", or, who is "them"?
I believe I am one of the "us" who he is talking about for sure...