Thursday, October 30, 2008

A Fake Banking History of the United States (Tom DiLorenzo)

Tom DiLorenzo, author of Hamilton's Curse, refutes more lies from the establishment shills at the War Street Journal:

UPDATE: Also see BJ Lawson's take on the article.

Ask yourself this question: was the housing price bubble, which has burst, caused by (a) a Fed policy of too much liquidity, which caused artificially low interest rates, which in turn caused a great deal of malinvestment, or (b) a Fed policy of too little liquidity which caused high interest rates and a credit-starved economy? If you chose answer b, congratulations, you may have a future as a celebrated author, historian, and Wall Street Journal commentator.

Answer b is a theme of a truly ridiculous article by John Steele Gordon in the October 10 issue of the Wall Street Journal online entitled "A Short Banking History of the United States." The article is an attempt to defend the Fed, its founding father, Alexander Hamilton, and the regime that it finances. (Gordon is the author of a book entitled Hamilton's Blessing which sings the praises of a large public debt, something that Hamilton himself called a "public blessing.")

Rather than faulting the Fed for creating yet another boom-and-bust cycle, Gordon blames the current economic debacle on "the baleful influence of Thomas Jefferson." Jefferson was the foremost opponent of a bank capitalized with tax dollars and operated by politicians and their appointees from the nation's capital — Hamilton's Bank of the United States (BUS), a precursor of the Fed. Thus, despite the fact that the real blame for the current economic crisis lies squarely in the lap of the Fed and its ideological underpinnings — particularly the legends and myths surrounding Hamilton — Gordon attempts to convince us that opposition to politicized, centralized banking is the real problem. Anyone who believes this could easily be persuaded that up is down, white is black, and day is night.

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