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When Money Dies

The Human Action Podcast

Tags InflationLabor and WagesMoney and BanksPoverty

12/11/2020Jeff DeistRyan McMaken

Ryan McMaken joins the show to discuss Adam Fergusson's seminal history of Weimar-era hyperinflation in Germany, When Money Dies. Americans accustomed to the dollar's king status have no idea how quickly and brutally a currency can lose value, especially when war finance distorts the entire structure of a nation's economy. 

What follows is sobering: hunger, violence, crime, and degradation. This fascinating book makes for a great study of how and why inflation rises quickly, and provides a cautionary tale for central banks and fiscal policy makers today.
Plus listen to the show for a link to your free copy of the book!

Read Hans Sennholz on Hyperinflation at

Find Henry Hazlitt's What You Should Know About Inflation at

Read Lyn Alden's article on inflation at

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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.

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Ryan McMaken is a senior editor at the Mises Institute. Send him your article submissions for the Mises Wire and Power&Market, but read article guidelines first. 

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