The Euro (Double) Standard

– February 20, 2012

The received wisdom in economic history places much of the blame for the Great Depression squarely on the shoulders of the gold standard. For instance, Berkley economist Barry Eichengreen states, “Far from being synonymous with stability, the gold stan …

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Why Do Youths Love Ron Paul’s Call for Gold?

– February 14, 2012

“Excuse me, did you say ‘Yutes’?”

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Monetary Equilibrium and Relative Prices

– February 13, 2012

There’s long been debate on the role of an elastic money supply in achieving monetary equilibrium in a free market. Namely, should the money supply follow a 100-percent reserve requirement on banks or should banks be allowed to make use of fractional r …

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Golden Paperweights, and Other Investments

– February 10, 2012

Why gold isn’t money, steak isn’t food, and you’re not really reading this… File this one under “you’ve got to be pulling on my leg:” an unsigned editorial at Nasdaq.com makes the utterly risible claims that “gold has no value except as an investment …

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What Does it Really Mean to “Peg” Money?

– January 24, 2012

For economics, money seems to be the exception to the rule, the thing that the market cannot provide by itself.  Therefore, it is said, the economist and the government must step into the market (in the form of a central banks and regulators) to manage …

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The Prospects for Sound Money

– January 11, 2012

by Tim Kelly A silver lining of the global economic crisis is that millions of people have been awakened to the importance of sound money to a modern economy. The housing bubble and subsequent bust, excessive leveraging, reckless speculation, and the s …

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What the Price of Gold Means

– December 20, 2011

It’s amazing how so many people don’t get gold. It’s only been 40 years since the dollar was completely severed from it’s once proud golden heritage, yet most finance and econ people are wont to consider gold just another commodity—and a not very “usef …

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Three Comments on the Gold Standard

– December 12, 2011

The financial crisis in 2008, the uncertainty about the future of the Euro and the doubts on the efficiency of monetary policy has brought some renewed interest in the gold standard as an alternative monetary system; or, at least, as a benchmark to eva …

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Gold bugs and Paper bugs

– December 9, 2011

At Free Banking blog, Kurt Schuller points to Ralph Benko’s reply to Roubini’s statements that “this idea of a gold standard is pushed every other day by these gold bugs [and] is not even a theory it’s a theology,” and that the return to the Gold Stand …

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The Gold Standard Mentality and the Great Depression

– October 29, 2011

It is a common argument that the gold standard was one of the reasons of the Great Depression. The Federal Reserve, it is argued, was unable to follow an optimal monetary policy, with its hands tied with the gold standard regime. However, as Timberlake …

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Forbes: Time to Go Back to the Gold Standard

– August 1, 2011

Steve Forbes, Forbes Media Chairman, discusses the importance of returning to the gold standard and explains how the United States could do so in this interview with Fox Business Network. Listen here. For further discussion with Mr. Forbes, save the da …

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