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Rothbard's Case Against the Fed

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Tags Central BanksCronyism and CorporatismThe FedLegal SystemMoney Supply

02/05/2021Jeff DeistMark Thornton

Dr. Mark Thornton joins the show to discuss what might just be Murray Rothbard's best book on money and banking: The Case Against the Fed. Written not long before his untimely death, this work is nothing less than a master class on the history of money: the sordid players and interests behind the creation of the Federal Reserve bank; the workings of demand deposits and fractional reserve, inflationism, and the monetary mechanics behind it all. The final pages of the short and penetrating book are especially fascinating, as Rothbard lays out a process for unwinding the Fed and paying off its liabilities using the federal government physical gold holding. End the Fed starts with understanding the Fed, and this book is vital for any lay reader.

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Contact Jeff Deist

Jeff Deist is president of the Mises Institute. He previously worked as chief of staff to Congressman Ron Paul, and as an attorney for private equity clients. Contact: email; Twitter.

Contact Mark Thornton

Mark Thornton is a Senior Fellow at the Mises Institute and the book review editor of the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics. He has authored seven books and is a frequent guest on national radio shows.

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