Comprehending money itself is a prerequisite to understanding the economy. To fully grasp the underpinnings and inner-workings of the world wide financial system start at the beginning by looking at the history of money itself. This is the foundation of knowing the truth about money and how this system of world wide barter works. Mike Maloney does an excellent job of this in the video series titled The Secrets of Money.
If you are serious about discussing the economy with an intelligent person the below video series is a must watch. Understanding money is essential if you want to know your facts and have financial security. Please watch and you will understand where we are today and how we got here.