Ted Bauman

Articles by Ted Bauman

What does it mean to “own” something? It’s a question you should be asking … especially if that something is gold. The Oxford English Dictionary defines ownership as “the act, state, or right of possessing something.” That sounds about...
Most of us remember cowboy movies in which a lonesome desperado acquires a sack of gold coins that everyone else wants. It’s a thankless task that typically doesn’t end well.
When I was a lad studying economics in between bouts of playing blues guitar, surfing, and drinking fine Namibian lager, professors taught my classmates and me the origins of paper money. Like the beginners we were, we Economics 101...
The 1849 Gold Rush sped up California's admission to the Union as the 31st state in that year.