Debt, Inflation & the Bigger Picture

Free Foundation’s Course

4 Modules- 16 Subjects- 2h 30m

Ask yourself this question:

“Do I really know how money works?”

Sure, you know you go to work to earn money, and you need money to buy food and pay for housing, amongst other essentials. But have you ever stopped to think about what it is, where it comes from and how it really works?

Or, have you ever wondered:

  • “How do debt and inflation impact us?”
  • “Is inflation really good for us?”
  • “What options are available to protect against inflation?”

It is crazy to think that something as innocuous as money, which we dedicate a third or more of our lives in the pursuit of, is shrouded in such illusion and misconception.

Here at Looking Glass, we believe everyone deserves to understand how money, inflation and debt underpin our economy. Our goal, broadly stated is to make this knowledge actionable and practical, so people can better navigate the complexities of spending, saving, and investing. With this in mind, if you’re looking to build a foundational understanding of our monetary system or simply want to understand the risks associated with investing in certain assets, you have come to the right place.

Through taking the course, you will develop a deeper understanding of:
What money is

  • The evolution of money
  • The key events that have paved the way to our present monetary challenges
  • How money, debt and inflation underpin our economy
  • The byproducts of debt and inflation
  • The tools available to us to help protect against inflation and economic instability

If this course has piqued your interest, we would be honoured to assist you along your educational journey. But before diving in, we just want to highlight that, although this course doesn’t offer you financial advice, we promise you one thing: by taking this course, you’ll walk away with a much deeper understanding of our monetary system. Are you ready?

Material Includes

  • Written Course
  • Audio Course (at the top of each subject)


  • A passion for learning

Topics for this course

16 Subjects2h 30m

Module 0 – Why are you here??

A brief background on how this course came to be and a summary of what to expect.
Subject 1: Introduction

Module 1 – How did we get here??

An overview of what money is and the properties that make up sound money, followed by a detailed breakdown of the evolution of money and the events that led us to where we are today.

Module 2 – What am I facing??

A comprehensive examination of how debt and inflation underpin our economy and some of the byproducts of this reliance on debt and inflation.

Module 3 – How do I protect myself??

A detailed explanation of the options available to us when it comes to promoting a more prosperous future for our little planet and protecting oneself financially.

Student Feedback


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Great overview!


I learned a lot though the equity and bond lessons were hard to go through. Also I figured that in the gold lesson, you could add a disadvantage about how hard it is to verify it's authenticity. Overall Thank you for the course!


Excellent content. Thank you for providing this free education. Clear, reasonable, and interesting info throughout.


A great introduction to numerous interesting topics!


Great foundational course. Good luck in your journey.


Great course - very informative


Very clear. No fluff.


Great course, thank you!


amazing, wish yall were my teachers in college


I'm pretty deep down the rabbit hole, but this is a fantastic summary that's easy to understand. I'll be sure to share it along my path. Thanks for creating this awesome platform - much more education needed to be done in the space yet!

Simply amazing! A must for all.




A wonderful introduction, should be required reading


I rate this course 5/5 because it took many hard to understand concepts and broke them down Barney-style for me to understand.


Love the content! Would be cool if there was a pdf version of everything. For kindle/ebooks devices


one of the best education tools out there, glad you guys have it in Spanish as well. I can share this with family and friends whose English tends to be their second language.


Well done at every level.


Knowledge leads to understanding leads to action. Thanks for the course!


Very nice recap of the main topics about money!


Very Educational for someone like me who doesn't know anything.
Thank you for this

Nice Course. Would definitely recommend to fiends and family and whoever is interested in it !


Easy to digest for beginners who wants to understand the question which we often overlook or never thought of before in life, "What is Money?". Highly recommended!


Great insights


Thank you for putting this together! I have a six year old daughter and worry about her future. Schools do not teach enough math and finance and I appreciate you putting this together. I hope the world takes advantage of this course.


Great content, many thanks!


This course is a great source of valuable information, explained in laymen's language. Highly recommended.

Great stuff! Jargon-free, bite-sized course. Ideal for people that are new to the subject of finance and may be scared off by it. Introduces you to the ins and outs of the financial system, that most of us couldn't care less about, but are affected by it nonetheless.
Also, even though the writers solution to some of the problems identified in the course is apparent throughout it, they do a good job not pushing it down your throat. Instead, they objectively present the content, enticing the reader to further search and educate themselves.

This course did a FABULOUS job of making what is perceived as scary, complex and beyond the scope of most people into something that is understandable and relevant. BRAVO!


Amazing content. We must translate it to as may languages as possible.


Good introduction to how bitcoin fits into the investment landscape and its benefits compared to other asset classes


good information.


I learned so much from this course. I loved the supporting articles and content, as well. I read through & listened to most modules more than once...and plan to go back again. Thank you for putting this together.


very good information and lessons about our debt based monetary system and how we have a chance of self sovereignty


Great stuff. Loved it


Great deep dive


Enjoyed the audio delivery of content and overview of the topics covered.


Amazing stuff!


Excellent information


Great introduction and overview of where we are, how we got here, and where we are headed.


Fantastic and great to listen to through the lessons


Simple and insightful


Amazing... Lots of information and an easy read!


Amazing course! Will change the way you think about finance, money, value, and wealth.


It was a very good match for my level of knowledge. I will recommend it to everyone who wants to hear about it.




Basic macro and monetary economics should be mandatory education material in every high school on the planet.


Excellent material. well presented.


Amazing introductory course!




One of the best intro course ever


Awesome Course


Great information and a refresher.




As a free education experience I liked this a lot. I already had an understanding of many of the concepts but was a nice review and something I will be sharing with others. Thanks


Valuable overview of the rise and reign of our modern global monetary system. Required learning for all. There are multiple sides to every story, including this one. While the team here at The Looking Glass does a phenomenal job of providing a tangible lesson on the truth behind money, wealth, and the role it plays in shaping our lives, it is our job as the audience to continue to build on our understanding; to develop a more personal, accurate, and complete picture of the society we live and participate in.


Very valuable course! So, so powerful for those of us who either need the basics or a refresher on this. I found the format (audio) extremely easy to work into my day to day routine, as well. I knocked this out over two days, on jogs, walks, and in between work times.
I’ve also strongly recommended my wife listen. She is an extremely curious, well-rounded beginner in this space. THANK YOU for this starting point. (Found you by way of TIP, Preston Pysh Bitcoin podcast)


Well done guys great content. Hopefully this helps a lot of people understand the role of money and the quicksand the current credit based system is built on.


A distillation of necessary knowledge in todays environment


It was a good match.


Good for newbs


So far so good. Interesting content.


Great educational material. Presented in a complete, concise and simple format. I will recommend to friends and family.


Great info!

Really solid foundation of everything involved with the current trilemma -- definitely will be pointing friends who are interested in Macro to this course.




I learned a lot and feel like it was an excellent introduction to macroeconomics today and bitcoin, but I still have questions and couldn't easily explain some of the concepts back at this point. Might be a me problem more than a content problem. Really enjoyed the content overall, though.


I thought I understood money.




I think all of the most foundational concepts were included in this course. You will go from understanding very little, to seeing the whole picture, if you complete it. There's much more to learn if you wish to experience it, but you will have your core understanding from this!


well put and make it easy to learn


Excellent overview of the condition (and crisis) we are muddling through. Clear and concise presentation of the material, abundant resources provided for further investigation


Very good material covering how we got to a high inflation environment.


Love it!


Awesome intro to money and asset investing




Amazing, eye-opening, well structured!


Phenomenal course with incredible insight on the worlds monetary system and how government/corporations control the people, specifically the United States.






This course covers essential material for everyone who uses money to understand, and makes it accessible to the lay person, regardless of academic background. This is sorely needed, and an antidote to the jargon-heavy, monotonic drab of modern economists and 'economics 101' courses you find online and in universities. I foresee the knowledge I learnt here being useful for the rest of my life as a member of the human race.


This was so well put together. I can't thank you enough for creating a simple resource to explain all of this.


Stellar Foundational Course!


It was a really fruitful exercise doing the course all the content is just well presented and easy to understand


Perfect match for a beginner/ intermediate in the financial space. Lots of takeaways that will stick. Bitcoin for humanity!




It really helped me understand more about money and what's going on, i can't believe this is for free!


Very informative. As a senior I now understand more fully why we are where we are today. Most seniors have no idea, and seemingly no interest in learning why. Thank you for your efforts to make this world a better place for all. Cheers. John


Fantastic course! While I was already somewhat familiar with certain concepts that were covered, this course gave me a more detailed understanding of what exactly is going on in our economic & monetary world.

Anybody who is working to earn money (which is practically everyone) should take this course, understand how money works and what steps one should take to protect their wealth, before it's too late to do so.


Good one!


Great course


Great info and overview. I even learned about "Bail-In". Thank you for putting this together.


Listening to a RockStar podcast with Greg Foss was my inspiration to check out what Looking Glass had to offer. The course put most tough topics into an easy to understand format. I had prior experience with most of the topics covered but would still recommend this to others. Thank you for taking the time to compile this resource.


I have learned so much from this course and I truly enjoyed it!
The content was very engaging, and the concepts were explained very effectively. It’s also sparked a deep interest in me to continue to learn and educate myself more about these issues. I value this information and I am inspired to share this course with friends and family.
Thank you for the education.


The layout was logical and the course info was well written.




Concise and easy to understand. Great course to open the eyes of the average person and start their journey into understanding our current predicament.




Great course very easy to digest and understand!



The cornerstone has been laid with the content of the Free Foundation's Course, please keep building! It may be hard to teach an old dog new tricks, but not impossible if they want to learn.

Thanks Looking Glass


I knew already around half of the information presented in the course but it was to me a good complement of information. I found it quite complete, without being too long, and very easy to understand. Thanks a lot for preparing this nice work and offering it publicly for free. I've circulated the link to some friends and colleagues who could also be interested in following it. Thank you.




Fantastic course. Are there any plans to turn this material into a classroom ready curriculum? I feel that many of the subjects would benefit from group discussions.


Incredible! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge 🙏


Awesome content.


WTG! What a great job... very impressive

After I learned what gave gold it's value, I felt like a fish discovering water for the first time. Once you understand what water is, you'll understand why Bitcoin is better than gold.


In our group of friends it is often talked that a lot of people lack financial literacy. Thank you for your efforts of increasing financial literacy. The course was spot on.


Bravo Daz, Seb and the rest of the team. There is more verifiable truth in a few hours of this course than in a few years of an Economics degree.

I applaud the effort to make this available to all at no cost. We have a collective responsibility to pass on the knowledge we've gained, and you've done so in a way that is accessible for all that show a willingness to learn.


This is a great short course for anyone wondering what the problem with the money is. Why we don't have enough & how we can protect what little we do have. You might want to spread it out over a few days to process it.