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Yearly Archives: 2011

The Case Against the Fed

In 1913 the United States Congress passed the Federal Reserve Act which created a central bank for America. With its charter came the ability to create money and credit for the country. And so it did. By the end of the 1920s the Fed had inflated the money supply so much that the government was forced to revoke the right of Americans to trade their Dollars for gold…

Another central bank apologist pans gold

Alan Beattie, International Economy Editor of Financial Times and former economist at the Bank of England (the UK’s central bank), has produced the latest piece in the disinformation campaign against gold. In his article, “Britain was right to sell off its pile of gold,” Mr. Beattie puts forth the argument that Gordon Brown actually did

What You Should Know About Inflation

During Henry Hazlitt’s tenure as a business columnist for Newsweek, he was frequently asked by his readers for an explanation of the cause of inflation and how they might protect themselves from its continual erosion of their savings.  What You Should Know About Inflation is the result of those requests.  Although first published in 1960,

Ron Paul has written another bestseller

This book threatens to blow up “. . .all existing political conventions: Democrat and Republican, left and right, liberal and conservative. It makes new arguments and uses new terms. Most of all, it is offers a view of the political, economic, and social order that is hardly ever heard today,” says Lew Rockwell. The book

The World’s 10 Most Prolific Gold Fields

Gold has long been one of mankind’s most prized possessions. Yet most people have little idea where gold comes from, other than from “gold mines.” Mining gold today often becomes monumental undertakings, truly some of man’s greatest engineering feats. Imagine gold mining shafts nearly two and a half miles below the surface and it taking

Fed to hold Dog & Pony Shows

In an unprecedented move, the Fed announced that Ben Bernanke will begin holding “regular press conferences to better explain monetary policy to the US public and financial markets.”  Heretofore, Fed Heads have been exempted from having to answer questions from the bourgeoisie.  Contrast that with US presidents, who, on a regular basis, have had to

Silver: a currency in crisis

Silver is in the news more than anytime since the it spiked to $50 in 1980. Marc Davis says it’s because silver is a currency in a crisis. Not that silver is a crisis but that it becomes a currency in a crisis.

Further, China, which used to be a major source of silver, is now a huge importer as Chinese citizens have become big buyers.

House leadership makes repeal of 1099 reporting less likely

House Republican leadership is playing games with H.R. 4, which, as originally written, would eliminate 1099 reporting as imposed by Obama’s healthcare legislation. Despite H.R. 4 passing the House by a wide margin, 314-112, Republican leadership altered the bill so that it probably will not be suitable to the Senate, according to Jim Babka who

Book Review: The Case for a 100 Percent Gold Dollar

If there were ever a time for a need for understanding of money, it is now. And, no one was ever better at explaining the complexities of money than Murray Rothbard.

Rothbard’s The Case for a 100 Percent Gold Dollar remains of the best treatises on gold and money. As Paul Carter notes in his review, “Money is the heart of any economy. In fact, it is the very basis of modern civilization itself. Without an effective medium of exchange, society cannot advance beyond a primitive barter system. Things that we take for granted, such as specialization of labor – and its associated advancements in technology – are all enabled by the existence of money.”

The more comprehensive your grasp of the concept of sound money, the greater you chance of surviving the world’s financial crisis.