I think we sometimes confuse virtual wealth for substantive wealth. What is substantive wealth? Substantive wealth is real wealth composed of real resources i.e. food, land, shelter, gold, silver, copper, tools, fuel, weapons, seeds, energy, technology, plants, water, medicine, etc. Substantive wealth is measured in weight i.e. ounces, pounds, etc. What is virtual wealth? Virtual wealth is wealth composed in papers i.e Federal Reserve Notes (FRNs), stocks, bonds, mutual funds, contracts, insurance, credit, etc. Virtual wealth is measured in FRNs or value. Value is pie in the sky. Substantive wealth works in nature and the real world. Virtual wealth works in societies, markets, or systems.