THE GAME OF CASH

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The metaphor of the chess game is a well worn one. Visualizations of it usually show the beginning of the game with all the pieces in play, but here I choose to show the end game with most of the pieces captured or at least neutralized. They were all played hard then sacrificed, not for the greater good, but as a means to victory. The only piece that remains in play is the only one that ever really counted: cash. And it was just pushed around until all the other pieces are knocked out of the game.

We are not to this point, yet. In today’s round of Game of Cash there are still other pieces in play. They are not knights, bishops and rooks, but symbols of varieties of intellectual or emotional positions held today that attack and defend in their various arcane ways. Not all of these piece are shown in the illustration. Also not shown is you-know-who who thinks he’s a player, but is really just a piece. How long he lasts is a topic of much interest.

But the Game of Cash is not chess. In chess all players begin the game with equal resources and restrictions – no players have more pieces and all players must follow the same rules. Not so in the Game of Cash. And also in chess there is no outside interference – no chance, no luck. In the rigged and chaotic Cash, random or chaotic game changers, real and imagined, are the rule.

You also know the Game of Cash is also a sport, and it in some ways, like auto racing – they’re both noisy, hi-tech and boring. Plus, though we don’t like to admit it, we watch both for the crashes. But it’s different in one critical way; in Cash, only the spectators get hurt – the drivers are too important to lose.

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