The Tragedy of the Monetary Commons

– February 4, 2023

“While relatively well-functioning governments have managed to find mechanisms that mitigate the problem, it seems unlikely that Argentina and Brazil will be able to prevent a tragedy of the monetary commons given their history of money and fiscal mischief.” ~ Bryan Cutsinger


The Political History of Money

– October 21, 2022

“In The Currency of Politics, Stefan Eich has written a valuable and very interesting review of specific monetary debates in their historical settings during centuries of thought about the nature of money as it is entwined with politics.” ~ Alex J. Pollock


King Dollar’s Uncertain Throne

– October 12, 2022

“With continuing dollar appreciation the likelihood of trade tensions and protectionism increase, as do the possibilities of organized labor agitation. King Dollar is secure for now, but as in all palaces – intrigues persist.” ~ Peter C. Earle


Modeling the Money Supply

– September 9, 2022

“We have to be very careful about generalizing across money and banking regimes. Many features of one system don’t translate to others. Depending on the ‘rules of the game,’ the supply of money responds to the price of money in very different ways.” ~ Alexander William Salter


How Common Has Private Currency Been?

– September 6, 2022

“Private banknotes can still be found in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Hong Kong, and Macau, where they have not yet been banned or taxed out of existence.” ~ Lawrence H. White


Paul Krugman and the “Ersatz” Theory of Private Currencies

– June 12, 2022

“Private paper currencies, including notes issued by ordinary commercial banks without the benefit of official guarantees, have never been driven to extinction by the mere presence of official alternatives.” ~ George Selgin


The US-China Currency Rivalry: Choosing Sides

– June 8, 2022

“Whether China’s currency will shave off a sizable portion of the dollar’s global usage is yet to be seen. Still, there is no doubt that the world is entering a new monetary rebalancing.” ~ Ethan Yang & Dorothy Chan


The Other Side

– February 13, 2022

“The fine arts improve our lives. They uplift the spirit, and can help alleviate the problems intrinsic to material and monetary life. But a desire for beauty and elevation should not be conflated with the desire for money.” ~ Robert Edward Gordon


A Marvelous, Humanitarian Substance

– January 17, 2022

“Adjustments of money prices are the easiest and most obvious way of causing each other to overlook goods’ and services’ non-monetary aspects that would otherwise reduce the amount of mutually advantageous exchange that occurs.” ~ Donald J. Boudreaux


The Unfolding Tragedy In Turkey Underscores Preeminence of Currency Policy

– December 12, 2021

“Hedging can mitigate currency lurches, but it can’t reverse the initial theft. Currency policy rates top-of-the-pyramid attention, but doesn’t get it. Turkey’s struggles remind us of currency policy’s preeminence.” ~ John Tamny


A Three-Pronged Blunder, or, What Money Is, and What It Isn’t

– November 13, 2021

“Can we please junk the stupid three-function definition of money? So what if textbook writers keep repeating it? It’s incoherent. It’s based on some earlier economists’ sloppy reading of Jevons’s classic treatment.” ~ George Selgin


Not Worth a Continental

– November 3, 2021

“In hindsight, it is difficult to fathom how the patriots erred so grievously in issuing paper money during the Revolution. At least a certain amount of them were aware that only a limited amount of paper money could be issued before engendering an inflationary spiral.” ~ Clifford F. Thies