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The sky is falling, and so are the dollar, the pound and every other currency not linked to an independent, immutable source of value, like gold. So says economist Detlev S. Schlichter, who steps articulately into the middle of the Keynesian-Monetarist divide by inserting Austrian-school economics into the mix. He argues that paper currencies are just devices governments use to rule economies and that money is literally not worth the paper on which it’s printed. It’s a controversial and grim opinion, grimly and artfully delivered. Schlichter is a strong writer who isn’t shy about advocating a radical perspective. Though he’s somewhat given to self-reference and emphatic repetition and – in his passion – even harps a bit on his concerns, getAbstract considers Schlichter’s contrarian take on currency and fiscal policy a highly thought-provoking read for goldbugs or for those who seek alternative views of contentious economic times.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why economist D. S. Schlichter believes “inelastic” gold-backed currencies are better than “elastic” paper money currencies,
  • Why an economy’s cash reserves don’t correlate with its real economic activity or growth, and
  • Why money supply manipulation could lead to a “paper money collapse.”

About the Author

Detlev S. Schlichter, a writer and Austrian-school economist, formerly worked as a trader and investment manager.



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People take for granted that the pieces of paper in their wallets or the digits they see online in their bank accounts represent their actual money and that the money has value. Yet paper or electronic money without the backing of a material like gold or silver has no intrinsic...

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    Koni Gebistorf 5 years ago
    Update: In the second edition of his book, Detlev Schlichter includes a chapter on Bitcoin. He sums up his opinion of the cryptocurrency by saying that it "ticks a lot of the boxes (all the boxes?) of what makes good money." (Koni Gebistorf, getAbstract)