No Seriously, The Gold Standard Is a Terrible Idea
Tue Jun 13 2017
Lucy Harlow (3323 articles)

No Seriously, The Gold Standard Is a Terrible Idea

America has a thing for gold. (For proof, look no further than the new curtains in the Oval Office.) The commodity has played a pivotal role in our national history, sparking mass migration, and triggering economic crises more than once.

In his new book, One Nation Under Gold, Inc. magazine editor James Ledbetter chronicles this metallic romance in a surprisingly readable history of U.S. fiscal policy. Starting with America’s earliest currencies (before greenbacks took over, there were “shinplasters,” “stump tails,” and “smooth monkeys”), the book traces the chaotic end of the gold standard and dissects our modern obsession with trying to bring it back.

The timing could hardly be better. Republican politicians, Donald Trump among them, have grown increasingly fond in recent years of the idea of returning gold to a central place in the American economy. But Ledbetter’s measured, persuasive conclusion after surveying two centuries of haphazard fiscal decision making is that a return to a gold standard would be a deeply bad idea.

Consider this a must read for the gold bugs in your life.

Lucy Harlow

Lucy Harlow

Lucy Harlow is a senior Correspondent who has been reporting about Commodities, Currencies, Bonds etc across the globe for last 10 years. She reports from New York and tracks daily movement of various indices across the Globe


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