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Will Dollars Save the World?

BooksDecember 1, 2006
This is Hazlitt's blockbuster argument against the idea of putting post-war Europe on the U.S. dole.

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Understanding the Dollar Crisis

BooksDecember 7, 2007
What is economics? What is the difference between price and value? What is money, and how did it originate? How and why did the gold standard come about?

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The Case for a 100 Percent Gold Dollar

BooksFebruary 19, 2011
Rothbard shows how money must originate from a commodity.

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The Dollar Crisis

Mises DailyNovember 9, 2007
Make the dollar as good as gold and you eliminate the inflation problem and the business cycles that go along with it.

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Financial Warfare and the Declining Dollar

Mises DailyMay 7, 2015
With huge debts and an immensely inflated supply of dollars, the US is vulnerable to its own "Suez moment" in which foreign regimes can nullify American foreign policy without firing a shot...

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The Flipside of the Trillion Dollar Coin

Mises DailyJanuary 30, 2013
The scheme presented an implicit challenge to the much vaunted "independence" of the Fed...

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Use the Dollar or Else

Mises DailyApril 6, 2011
Look up the phrase "a unique form of domestic terrorism" on a search engine and you will turn up a story about a man whom the US government is trying to cage from now until the time of his death. And his crime? His unique form of terrorism? He minted silver and copper coins and sold them...

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Escape from the Depreciating Dollar

Mises DailyOctober 14, 2008
A demand for monetary freedom — a repeal of legal-tender laws and the opening up of the banking system to private enterprise — is nothing more than the extension of freedom generally...

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Why It Matters If the Dollar Is the Reserve Currency

Mises DailyMarch 7, 2015
Reserve currencies serve an important economic purpose. If the dollar loses its status as a reserve currency, the resulting adjustments will be painful for many. So, the global economy would benefit from a new US monetary policy devoted to a sound dollar.

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Default! Default!

Institute PublicationsNovember 1, 2001
We will never resort to a bailout, said the Bush administration concerning the financial failures of the Argentinian government. That was one week before the same administration arranged an $8 billion line of credit for the same government.

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Review of The Dollar Trap: How the U.S. Dollar Tightened Its Grip on Global Finance by Eswar S. Prasad

Institute PublicationsJanuary 30, 2015
Volume 17, No. 4 (Winter 2014) Eswar S. Prasad Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2014, 432 pages The great mystery of international finance is how the U.S. dollar has managed to retain its dominance. This is a currency, after all, that has lost about 83 percent of its purchasing power since...

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License Tags and Free Speech

Institute PublicationsDecember 1, 2001
This past September, the state government of South Carolina came under fire for issuing a special license plate bearing the slogan "Choose Life." Affronted abortion-rights groups quickly filed suit, claiming that the state was violating the first and fourteenth amendments by failing to...

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Can Agency Theory Justify the Regulation of Insider Trading?

Institute Publications
The insider trading debate traditionally discusses the pros and cons of insider trading and draws a conclusion about the desirability or undesirability of public regulation of insider trading.

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Death of the Dollar

Institute PublicationsFebruary 1, 2005
The dollar may not die anytime soon but its capacity for lording it over all living things is ending.

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Dinars or Dollar?

Institute PublicationsJuly 1, 2003
How powerful is economic law, that mysterious aspect of the structure of reality that causes prices to rise and fall and thereby give direction concerning the use of resources? More powerful than the US government, even more powerful than all the governments in the world combined. In Iraq, the US...

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Perils of the Dollar Standard

Institute PublicationsMay 1, 1998
Winter's economic crisis in Asia was blamed on "go-go capitalism" and "crony capitalism," but those explanations don't get to the root cause. The Asian meltdown stems from structural defects deep within the world monetary system itself. These are defects that no amount...

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The Dollar vs. Gold

Institute PublicationsFebruary 1, 2004
There is a fly in the ointment of economic recovery: a dollar that just won’t seem to stop its fall. The impression that this trend portends something ominous is bolstered by the inverse relationship of the dollar’s value on international exchange and the price of gold. As the dollar...

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Dollar Debacle, The

Institute PublicationsMay 1, 1995
The events of March 1995 could be a watershed in international monetary affairs. Beginning with the Bretton Woods agreement 50 years ago, the Federal Reserve system has been the global monetary regulator. The collapse of the dollar is a no-confidence vote that may have brought this role to an end.

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A Genuine Gold Dollar

Institute PublicationsJuly 1, 2004
In recent years an increasing number of economists have understandably become disillusioned by the inflationary record of fiat currencies. They have therefore concluded that leaving the government and its central bank power to fine tune the money supply, but abjuring them to use that power wisely...

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Gold Socialism or Dollar Socialism

Institute PublicationsApril 1, 1987
Mises demonstrated, as early as 1912, that no good can become a medium of exchange, much less a money, unless it has a previous non-monetary usefulness on the market. In short, money can only emerge as a commodity on the market, and cannot be imposed by the government, by social contract, or by...

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