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The Fiat Standard with Dr. Saifedean Ammous

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Tags BitcoinMoney and BanksGold StandardValue and Exchange

07/16/2021Jeff DeistSaifedean H. Ammous

Saifedean Ammous, famous for The Bitcoin Standard, has a remarkable new book detailing the effects of fiat money on virtually every aspect of society. In the tradition of Guido Hülsmann's The Ethics of Money Production, Ammous returns with The Fiat Standard. From a framework of Austrian economics, this book explains the sordid history of central banks severing currencies from gold redemption—both to finance war and enjoy the political benefits of default. But it also considers the far-ranging effects of inflation on civilization: as time preference increases, everything gets worse.  Education, food, architecture, family, and science all suffer, as inflation makes us live today at the expense of tomorrow.

On the 50th anniversary of Nixon's gold shock, The Fiat Standard is an amazing explication of how the West fell to its current state. You don't want to miss this show, especially Saifedean's epic takedown of fiat academia at the end!


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Jeff Deist is former president of the Mises Institute. He is a writer, public speaker, and advocate for property, markets, and civil society. Jeff was chief of staff to Congressman Ron Paul. Contact: email; Twitter.

Saifedean H. Ammous

Saifedean Ammous is author of the seminal book, The Bitcoin Standard, which has been translated into dozen of languages. He is also author of The Fiat Standard and an upcoming book on the principles of economics. He teaches economics and hosts a podcast through his website,