Wednesday 6 July 2011

Gold and Economic Freedom

(Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, Ayn Rand, 1967, page 107. ISBN:978-0-451-14795-0)

"[...] The abandonment of the gold standard made it possible for the welfare statists to use the banking system as a means to an unlimited expansion of credit. They have created paper reserves in the form of government bonds which — through a complex series of steps — the banks accept in place of tangible assets and treat as if they were an actual deposit, i.e., as the equivalent of what was formerly a deposit of gold. The holder of a government bond or of a bank deposit created by paper reserves believes that he has a valid claim on a real asset. But the fact is that there are now more claims outstanding than real assets.

The law of supply and demand is not to be conned. As the supply of money (of claims) increases relative to the supply of tangible assets in the economy, prices must eventually rise. Thus the earnings saved by the productive members of the society lose value in terms of goods. When the economy's books are finally balanced, one finds that this loss in value represents the goods purchased by the government for welfare or other purposes with the money proceeds of the government bonds financed by bank credit expansion. [...]

And this, all of 45 years ago, straight from the hand of the great Satan himself! :->

(FWIW, "no I don't believe in evil in this instance".)


DP said...

"Captain Obvious" strikes again! :-)

DP said...

All the girls want to be her,
All the boys want to be with her

DP said...

Figure it out

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