Commercial Club Building, Eugene, Oregon circa 1911 Coining at Troynovant:
public prices for subjective values,
quantifying value into commodity;
powering precious rounds of trade & theft,
minting true coin, false coin,
enterprise & economics
listed by Title.

As well as exposition, we include some novels, stories and films with notable economic content beyond their narration of workaday lives and worlds. As elsewhere, we seek leavening for the heavy bread of theory, lest fresh air and uplifting coinages are devalued under presumed gravity.

Better a debtor.— "Better a debtor than pay with a coin that does not bear our image!" says our sovereignty.

Friedrich Nietzsche
The Gay Science, #252  (1887)
translated by Walter Kaufmann

[He] reached into his pocket and dropped two small coins into the palm of her hand. They were miniature disks of shining gold, smaller than pennies, the kind that had not been in circulation since the days of Nat Taggart; they bore the head of the Statue of Liberty on one side, the words "United States of America — One Dollar" on the other, but the dates stamped upon them were of the past two years.

"That's the money we use here," he said. ...

"But ... on whose authority?"

"That's stated on the coin — on both sides of it."

Ayn Rand
Atlas Shrugged  (1957)

Algebra of John Maynard Keynes, The WH Stoddard

Campaign of the Century, The
  Upton Sinclair's Race for Governor of California
  and the Birth of Media Politics
Greg Mitchell RW Franson

Door into Summer, The Robert A. Heinlein RW Franson

Economics and the Public Welfare
  A Financial and Economic History
  of the United States, 1914-46
Benjamin M. Anderson RW Franson
Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, An David Hume WH Stoddard

Fear the Boom and Bust
  A Hayek vs. Keynes Rap Anthem
John Papola / Russ Roberts WH Stoddard
Firm of Girdlestone, The A. Conan Doyle RW Franson
Five Thousand Year Leap, The
  The 28 Great Ideas
  That Changed the World
W. Cleon Skousen SE Jordan
For Us, the Living Robert A. Heinlein RW Franson
For Us, the Living Robert A. Heinlein WH Stoddard
Four-Day Planet H. Beam Piper RW Franson

Iceworld Hal Clement RW Franson
Ill Met in Lankhmar Fritz Leiber RW Franson

Junkyard Planet
  (The Cosmic Computer)
  (Graveyard of Dreams)
H. Beam Piper RW Franson

Negative Railway, A F Bastiat
Ninotchka Ernst Lubitsch / Greta Garbo RW Franson

Objectivist Newsletter, The
Ayn Rand
  & Nathaniel Branden
RW Franson
Objectivist, The
Ayn Rand
  & Nathaniel Branden
RW Franson

Psychohistorical Crisis Donald Kingsbury WH Stoddard

Rand at Troynovant
Repudiate the National Debt W McElroy
Ricardo's Law
  or the Law of Association
WH Stoddard

Role of Business and the Virtuous Cycle of Progress
  in Robert Heinlein's 'Methuselah's Children', The

G Stolyarov II
Rolling Stones, The
  (Space Family Stone)
Robert A. Heinlein RW Franson

Sargasso of Space Andre Norton RW Franson
Say's Law
  or the Law of Markets
WH Stoddard
Secret of the League, The Ernest Bramah RW Franson
Spanish Gold George A. Birmingham RW Franson

Thieves' House Fritz Leiber RW Franson

Why Men Earn More
  The Startling Truth Behind the Pay Gap
  and What Women Can Do About It
Warren Farrell W McElroy

[Denmark; the castle. The Queen's private chamber.]


Why, look you there. Look how it steals away.
My father, in his habit as he lived.
Look where he goes even now out at the portal.
                            [Exit Ghost]

Queen Gertrude:

This is the very coinage of your brain.
This bodiless creation ecstasy
Is very cunning in.
William Shakespeare
Hamlet, 3.4.125-130

Music at Troynovant
music, song, dance, & composers

Philosophy at Troynovant
nature of existence; history of ideas

Utopia at Troynovant
utopia in power, or dystopia

postcard, top right:
Commercial Club Building
Eugene, Oregon

postcard, bottom:
West Seventh Street.
The new shopping district
Los Angeles, California


Mervyn LeRoy was assigned to direct Warner's next musical extravaganza, Gold Diggers of 1933. He chose me to play the role of Fay Fortune, a fortune-hunting chorine. ... The picture opened with a line of choristers covered in huge silver coins singing "We're in the Money." Harry Warren and Al Dubin of 42nd Street were responsible for the music and lyrics. And Busby Berkeley was again the inventive dance director.

One day on the set, I was handed the opening song and told to learn it by that evening. The scene was to be shot the next day and we had to be up on the number. I pleaded with Malcolm Beelby, the pianist, to forsake his lunch hour to help me learn my lyrics. ... We went into a corner of the sound stage and started to rehearse. After about three hours, I started getting a little slap-happy, so instead of singing the lyrics as they were written, I translated them into pig latin:

Er'way in-hay the oney-may, ...

In the middle of this nonsense, ... Out of the corner of my eye, I could see a man standing at the left of the stage, wearing a porkpie hat, with a big cigar in his mouth. It was Darryl F. Zanuck, Warner's production chief. Immediately, I stopped singing.

"What are you doing?" asked the observer. ...

I knew that I was going to get fired for fooling around on company time, but I did as he asked. I sang the song as it was written, and then lapsed into my pig-latin version.

After I finished, Darryl paused, thinking. Finally, he said, "You tell Mervyn I want you to sing it just like that tomorrow." He walked out with the measured deliberation of a producer.

I repeated the story to Mervyn and he said, "Darryl's right. It's a great way to start the movie." The next day, Mervyn brought in a big crane and started filming from the back of the set. As I sang "We're in the Money," the camera came in slowly for a close-up and the screen was filled with my lips singing the song ... in pig latin! It was a sensational opening.

Ginger Rogers
My Story  (1991)


West Seventh Street. The new shopping district, Los Angeles, California



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