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How Nixon Killed Keynes’ Phony Gold Standard

Written by Gary North on August 20, 2016

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My generation says: “Each of us can remember where he was when he heard about Kennedy’s assassination. I can remember where I was when I heard about Nixon’s killing of the phony gold standard that John Maynard Keynes and the Soviet spy Harry Dexter White designed in 1944. It was a Sunday afternoon: August 15, […]

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Jim Willie Cries “Wolf!” Again

Written by Gary North on August 13, 2016

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He keeps trying. He is always wrong. I begin with a chart of Federal Reserve monetary policy. Since October 2014, the FED has pursued the longest period of monetary stability in the last 30 years. Let’s look at this chart from October 2014 until today. This reveals deflation, not inflation. This is not what is […]

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When Money Fails

Written by Gary North on April 23, 2016

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Money seldom fails, but occasionally, it does. It failed in Germany and Austria 1921-23. It failed in Hungary after World War II. It failed in Zimbabwe in 2008-9, when the rest of the world was in a recession. Here is a famous case of the failure of money: And there was no bread in all […]

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American Capital: China-Bound

Written by Gary North on June 20, 2015

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I return to a theme that apparently only I ever talk about: the economic meaning of the phrase, “international capital flows.” You may think I’m exaggerating. You may think that what I am about to write is widely understood. You would be wrong. Either I’m dead wrong about what I’m saying, or virtually the entire […]

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IOU’s: China Buys Treasury Debt

Written by Gary North on May 16, 2015

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China, meaning China’s central bank — the People’s Bank of China — started buying Treasury IOU’s again in March. It purchased $36 billion worth. It now holds over $1.2 trillion in Treasury IOU’s. China has now leaped ahead of Japan as the #1 foreign holder of U.S. government debt. Add Hong Kong to this: another […]

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Russian Central Bank Surrenders: Inflates

Written by Gary North on January 30, 2015

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Six weeks ago, I ran this headline: Russia: A Depression Draweth Nigh. The central bank of Russia had just hiked the interest rate to 17%. There was no question in my mind what would happen next. Now the economic blind men who make decisions at the Russian central bank have belatedly figured out that my […]

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Will China’s Yuan Replace the Dollar? Not a Chance.

Written by Gary North on January 28, 2015

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In hard-money circles, we hear this story all the time: “China and Russia are creating a new world currency.” This is the dumbest story in hard-money circles. Really, it’s imbecilic. The people who argue this way are saying that a fiat currency run by Commie apparatchiks, when combined with a fiat currency run by ex-Commie […]

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Greek Voters Stick It to the Eurozone Good and Hard

Written by Gary North on January 26, 2015

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Greek voters have elected a Marxist political party. The party ran on this slogan: “Spend, spend, spend.” It is a popular slogan. The party will start ramping up the welfare dole. It’s Keynesian welfarism forever! But where will it get the money? There are two ways: (1) default on the government’s debt to large European […]

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