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Modern Banking: Creating Booms and Busts

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11/20/2010Doug French

Deposit banking rests on the bank honoring property rights. Loan banking rests on making good loans that will pay off. But when loan banking and deposit banking merged, the temptation to loan out much more than was actually in the bank arose. Deposits stopped being treated as a bailment. Fractionalized banking is illegal and dishonest under the command of a central bank - the Federal Reserve -that holds a monopoly cartel in money, banking and credit. The Fed's explosive expansion of credit and the money supply is the cause of all booms which eventually require busts to liquidate the malinvestments made in the booms.

Recorded at the Mises Institute on Friday, 19 November 2010. Sponsored by Anastasia Thiele.

Modern Banking: Creating Booms and Busts | Douglas E. French

Douglas French is former president of the Mises Institute, author of Early Speculative Bubbles & Increases in the Money Supply , and author of Walk Away: The Rise and Fall of the Home-Ownership Myth. He received his master's degree in economics from UNLV, studying under both Professor Murray Rothbard and Professor Hans-Hermann Hoppe.

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