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Who do the moderates fear most? Not the state and its countless atrocities and injustices. No, they mostly fear the radicals.
Across so many fields, from money to nutrition, I’ve found that the corollary to the government-heavy approach is a desire not to make choices for oneself.
Money and Banks
Monetary inflation results in a general rise in prices, often called "price inflation." But rising prices are not always "inflation." In any case, more government regs and subsidies won't help.
Thanks to vast regulatory powers, regimes have many tools and many advantages in propping up fiat currencies when faced with competition from other currencies.
Thanks in part to the decentralized nature of Mayan civilization, it was much more difficult for the Spaniards to conquer the Mayas than the Aztecs and Incas.
The adoption of gold as the preferred commodity money was never inevitable or based on some sort of natural law of money. Many coincidences and political schemes were key factors.
This is freedom: "That he is independent of the arbitrary power of his fellows … [freedom] arose in the process of social development and its final completion is the work of mature Capitalism.”
Money and BanksTaxes and Spending
From its inception, the Fed's job has been to pay off the debt and cover excess expenditures with newly printed paper money.