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Monthly Archives February 2014

Bulgaria’s Currency Board versus Ukraine’s Chaos

Posted by Gonzalo Schwarz
February 28, 2014

By Steve H. Hanke When Communism inevitably and finally collapsed, Bulgaria’s economy was a basket case – behind almost all other communist basket cases, including Ukraine’s. Indeed, Bulgaria defaulted on its debt in 1990. By February 1991, Bulgaria had broken out in a bout of hyperinflation, with the inflation rate at 123% per month. And […]

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Sound Money for Ukraine

Posted by Alex Chafuen
February 26, 2014

Another brilliant piece by Judy Shelton: “As Ukrainians mourn their dead and vow to prosecute their recently deposed leader, the valor of those who died must now inspire others to build a new Ukraine worthy of their struggle and sacrifice. Democracy and a better future must be secured in pragmatic terms. Economic benefits must begin […]

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QE is a Mistake—a Big One

Posted by Gonzalo Schwarz
February 26, 2014

by Allan H. Meltzer, Carnegie Mellon University and Hoover Institution With $2.5 trillion sitting idle on bank balance sheets and more than $2 trillion additional sitting on corporate balance sheets, we should expect the Federal Reserve to ask: What can more quantitative easing—QE—do that banks and corporations cannot do without it? The right answer is […]

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Juan Bautista Alberdi (1810-1884) on paper money and omnipotent government

Posted by Alex Chafuen
February 18, 2014

“As long as the government has the power to manufacture currency with simple paper strips that promise nothing nor require any repayment, the omnipotent power of government will live unscathed like a gnawing worm in the heart of the Constitution itself.”

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Thoughts on Jefferson and the Dollar at Monticello

Posted by Gonzalo Schwarz
February 11, 2014

The following speech was given by Dr. Judy Shelton on January 30th, at the Jefferson Library in Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello: [Dr. Shelton] Thank you very much, very pleased to be here. It’s an honor to be introduced by Andrew O’Shaughnessy… I taught with your father, who is professor emeritus at the graduate business school at […]

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