The Scandal of Money

The Scandal of Money

Why Wall Street Recovers but the Economy Never Does

Book - 2016
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"Why do conservatives have such a hard time winning the economic debate in the court of public opinion? Simple, George Gilder says: conservatives misunderstand economics almost as badly as liberals do. Republicans have been running on tax cut proposals since the era of Harding and Coolidge without seriously addressing the key problems of a global economy in decline. Enough is enough. Gilder, author of New York Times bestseller Wealth and Poverty, proposes a completely new framework for understanding economic growth that will replace failed 20th century conservative economics and turn the economic debate-and the country-around"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Washington, DC : Regnery Publishing, A division of Salem Media Group, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781621575757 (hardback)
1621575756 (hardback)
Branch Call Number: 330.973 GIL
Characteristics: xxii, 202 pages ; 24 cm


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Oct 10, 2016

Gilder hasn't changed much. He's still a gold bug and embraces a gold standard that has been thoroughly discredited because it is too monetarily rigid and subject to commodities bubbles and market manipulations. To add to his historical error, he now also is advocating parallel money based upon "information technology", something that confuses him and that he neither understands nor explains; aka the Bitcoin which is, and has been, subject to all sorts of possible hacking and manipulation by malevolent people and governments. "Who shall watch the watchers?"

To sum up his position in his own words, "A gold standard complemented by bitcoin-related technologies on the Internet would provide a supply of REAL (caps are mine) money for the first time since 1971."

That's a pretty intellectually ignorant and won't happen. To his credit, his intense criticism of recent actions by the US Fed and other international central banks is an incoherent rant but has mostly truth at its core once you strip away his problems with presenting a coherent, persuasive argument.

My problem is that his proposed solution makes absolutely no sense in the real world of modern international economics.

Read it if you want to spend some time to form your own opinion.

Jul 18, 2016

More drivel from David Rockefeller's adopted son [I kid thee not!].


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