Fractional-Reserve Bitcoin Banks?
Writes John Carney at CNBC:
One of the odder claims made aboutBitcoins that you hear from time to time is that there can't be fractional reserve banking in the electronic currency.
This is supposedly one of the appealing features of Bitcoin because, well, because some libertarian types think that fractional reserve lending is a form of fraud. Murray Rothbard, the great libertarian economist, was probably the most notable proponent of this view.