One thing I have been asked about at several public lectures I’ve made in Kazakhstan is when the “Amero” is going to be introduced, whether it is a plan to cancel the value of all dollars held abroad and shift to a new currency, thus robbing foreign holders of dollars of their value, etc. When I say that the “Amero” is an urban myth, that there is no serious discussion of such an abandonment of the Canadian, US, and Mexican currencies, that it seems to be more prominently discussed in Kazakhstan than in the US, etc., I get some astonished stares for my apparent ignorance of what is really happening. One person in a meeting pointed out that “they already have a name for it!” I responded that I could propose a union of the Tenge and the Ruble and name it the “Tuble,” but that doesn’t mean that there must be serious plans actually to abolish the Tenge and the Ruble in favor of the Tuble.
It’s a piece with the wacko fantasies about the “North American Union.” Once some people get it into their heads, no request for confirming evidence seems capable of getting them to question it. Conspiracy theories are very hard to disprove; the lack of evidence for them is just more proof that they must be right — after all, if there weren’t a conspiracy, why was the evidence all covered up?