Gary North: Reflections on Economic Fundamentals

Gary North

Interest Rates in a Gold Coin Standard

Gary North

Lew, 22 December 2011

Americans are living in a world of central bank profligacy. This has been true ever since 1914, when the Federal Reserve System opened for business. But the most recent bank-created economic crisis, which began in December 2007, has received more attention than ever before. This is mainly the result of Ron Paul’s 2007 candidacy for the Republican nomination for President. He warned that this crisis would happen. He also spelled out the reasons: Federal Reserve policy. Then the crisis hit.

The Federal Reserve lost its immunity from criticism in 2008-9. It will never get it back. It also lost its invisibility. The general public now has some limited awareness of the FED. The FED gets a lot of negative publicity. This to a positive development.

This has also created a problem. Some of the critics of the Federal Reserve System propose a solution worse than the FED itself: the creation of a fiat-money based central bank that creates money out of nothing to pay for government-funded projects.

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Gary North [send him mail] is the author of Mises on Money. Visit He is also the author of a free 20-volume series, An Economic Commentary on the Bible.

Phi Beta Iota:  Instead of a national currency it may be time to revert to local currencies based on tangible assets (land, labor, time) and gradually reconstitute the economy from the bottom-up.  What does NOT appear to be a trustworthy nor viable approach is a federal currency backed by nothing–the US has LOST its full faith and credit.  A federal solution has three strikes:  corruption on how much money to print; corruption on who gets the money; and corruption on policy objectives–there is no strategy at the federal level, lacking as it is in both intelligence and integrity.

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