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At last, central banking and legal tender are once again subject to real political debate and public scrutiny.

In what seems to me to have been an unlikely turn of events, Congressman Ron Paul of Texas has been appointed to chair the House Subcommittee for Monetary Policy in the new Congress. In one sense this seems like very good news, on the other hand, it raises some serious questions about the oligarchy’s ultimate game plan.

Ron Paul is undoubtedly one of the few politicians who understands money and banking, but he has some serious blind spots, and call me cynical, but I think that politics at the federal level has been so thoroughly corrupted that I have little hope that anything that promotes the common good can ever come out of Congress.

Still, I strongly recommend that everyone watch the following C-span interview in which Congressman Paul outlines his agenda. It does not go as far as it needs to, but it is an agenda that I, for the most part, endorse.

According to Brendan Trainor, Rep. Paul in this interview makes the following points. I have highlighted what I consider to be the most urgent and important ones (in red).

  • Ron will start by requesting the information that is now due from the Fed from the watered down version of the “Audit the Fed” bill that was passed by Congress.
  • Ron will submit his more robust version of the Bill to Audit the Fed in Congress again.
  • Ron is aware of the twin dangers of his attack on the FED. Criticism of the FED could result in a reactionary attempt to create an even more centralized monetary system, or else “some of my allies who are critical of the FED” who Ron now public-ally calls “GREENBACKERS”, will push for Congressional issue of fiat money. Both of these outcomes have to be guarded against (by those few of us who understand the debate in the first place.)
  • Ron explicitly defends the proposition that the market should be regulating finance, not the regulators. The Market does a better job of regulation than the government. This counter-intuitive idea does require a limited government involvement (not to discount the anarcho-capitalist alternative) that will require
    an atmosphere of “law and order, NOT regulation“.
  • Market regulation through “law and order” means that banks and financial institutions are subject only to ordinary business law: That is, they are free to operate as they please, but they must fulfill their contracts and must not engage in fraud. If they cannot fulfill their contracts, they are to be shut down, not bailed out. Their assets are to be distributed to their creditors (bankruptcy).
  • The surest way to END THE FED is the peaceful, gradual method of eliminating, not the FED directly, but legal tender laws. Allow people once more to use GOLD CONTRACTS and other means of using alternative currencies and specie in domestic business contracts. Let the fiat paper dollar compete with the people’s choice: constitutional “honest money”.
  • Ron correctly deflects the usual straw man criticisms directed at him by those who favor central planning in monetary policy. ie
  • There were numerous financial panics before the FED was created. Yes, there were. But those panics were the result of “artificial conditions” and in any event were allowed to play themselves out by liquidation of the bad debts and bad contracts without government interventions up to the recession of 1920-21. That was the last recession that was handled without government intervention. It was a sharp recession, where unemployment reached nearly 20%. However, because President Warren G Harding did NOTHING, except cut government spending and taxes, the recession was OVER IN A YEAR.
  • If the FED does not intervene, the Recessions will be worse. The corollary of the first objection. Yes, the recessions may at times be worse, but they will be shorter. The so called “Panics” of the pre Fed era rarely lasted more than a year or two, and then the economy fully recovered. The interventionist policies starting with the Great Depression ( a ten year depression) and this one now only prolong the recessions, and in the end, the underlying causes are NOT addressed, leading to a new “BUSINESS CYCLE”.
  • Attacking the FED will harm the US DOLLAR hegemony. Ron: I want to protect the dollar, but within the context of markets. Markets are ultimately stronger than the central banks attempts to shore up the dollar, and nothing the central banks can do will overcome that fact. The Market, in the end, will out.
  • Fiscal policy (Congress) is more important than Monetary policy (the Fed) Ron: they work hand in glove. The Fed basically enables the Congress to spend exorbitantly by creating fiat money to cover them. We have to end the Wars and Global Empire, and we have to end the limitless welfare state as well. IOW, we do have to address fiscal policy, but at the same time, address its enabler, the FED.

Ron explicitly puts forward the idea that the BUSINESS CYCLE as we have known it can be ended. NOT with more regulation, certainly not with more “Central Planning” (that ultimately leads to Socialism, and we know THAT doesn’t work) , but ended  with the limited government ideal (classical liberalism.)

[A major blind spot is the failure to pinpoint interest/usury as the cause of financial imbalance that leads to the “business cycle.”—t.h.g.]

Definitely a radical agenda, led by a peace loving man. Let us all work to explain his ideas as this year’s economic policy drama unfolds. The attacks from the left and the RINO Republican establishment will be vicious and loud. Those of us who understand the monetary debate are few and our voices have few MSM outlets . Even monetarist libertarians will attack Ron. We must resist them to the best of our abilities, by explaining his policies whenever we can.


[Another major blind spot is the size and market dominance of firms like Goldman Sachs, Citicorp, J.P. Morgan Chase, Bank of America, etc. Government needs to set the rules of the game to prevent such megalithic financial firms from emerging and manipulating markets. At the very least the Glass-Steagall law should be reinstituted. It also needs to pass legislation that encourages the development of mutual companies and cooperatives in the financial sector. That would be a complete reversal of the policies of recent decades.] — t.h.g.

Senate rejects bid to audit the Federal Reserve

Why are we not surprised? Senators voted down the Vitter Amendment to audit the Fed, 62 to 37.

Who does your senator work for?

FED Inspector Clueless — Where Has All the Money Gone?

The recent testimony before Congress of the Inspector General of the Federal Reserve is laughably outrageous—a startling example of the persistent stonewalling and obfuscation by the private central bank that runs our government. Fortunately, we have a few courageous Representatives who are willing to ask the right questions. This video of questioning by Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Florida) is a “must see.”

Here is an excerpt from Rep. Grayson’s newsletter dated June 11, 2009:

Since last September, the Federal Reserve Bank has handed out over $1 trillion.  That’s $1,000,000,000,000.  It won’t tell us who got the money.

The Federal Reserve Bank also has guaranteed loans for an even larger amount.  Bloomberg News says around $9 trillion.  That’s $30,000 for every American.  It won’t tell us who got those guarantees.

I’m a member of the House Financial Services Committee.  A few weeks ago, the Inspector General of the Federal Reserve Bank was called as a witness.  I asked her if she knew who got the money.  She said no.

The Inspector General also admitted that she didn’t know how much money the Federal Reserve Bank has lost, already, on those deals.

That video was posted on YouTube, here.  Over 650,000 people have downloaded it and seen it.  That makes it the 6th most popular news video in the world last month, as you can see here.

Add the number who have seen the high-fidelity version, here, and the number of viewers is over 900,000.  Counting those viewers, it was the 4th most popular news video in the world last  month.

900,000 concerned citizens.  That’s more than the total circulation of every newspaper in Central Florida, combined.  That’s more than the total number of viewers watching the local news at 6 pm and 11 pm, combined.

The media did not cover this hearing at all.  But people found this clip on YouTube and told their friends about it, over and over again.

What this clip shows is that the Federal Reserve Bank is out of control.  And I’m working to do something about it.

I was the first Democrat to come out in favor of Rep. Ron Paul’s bill to audit the Federal Reserve Bank, H.R. 1207.  And I’ve used this video to mobilize bipartisan support for the bill.  Since the hearing, dozens and dozens of members of Congress have signed up.  They can see for themselves how badly this mess needs to be cleaned up.  We’re getting close to 218 co-sponsors, a majority of the House.

Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) has introduced a bill to not only audit the Federal Reserve, but also to abolish it (The Federal Reserve Board Abolition Act, H.R. 833. February 4, 2009). It’s encouraging to see the money and banking problem once more in the political spotlight. This is a time of great opportunity for liberating the “credit commons,” but it is also a time of great danger. Most politicians know little about the principles of sound money and banking, they believe in the centralization of power that is enabled by laws like “legal tender,” and they can easily be manipulated or bought off by the financial powers who will use any crisis as an opportunity to promote “solutions” that further enhance their power and ability to dominate economies, nations, and peoples.

It’s not only the Federal Reserve that’s “out of control,” it’s also our government and virtually all of our institutions and life support systems. The situation calls for the application of our collective intelligence to solving our problems and the devolution of power to the community level.

As I said in an earlier blog post, Eventually, it may be possible to act effectively at the governmental level, but only after the people have strongly asserted their own power to mediate the exchange process using their own credit apart from banks and the political money system. Only that assertion can bring about the “true free-market economy” that Mr. Paul desires. The nature of this power and how we can assert it are thoroughly addressed in my latest book, The End of Money and Future of Civilization. Please read it, and ask your representatives to read it. Better yet, send them a copy. –t.h.g.