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Panel and Q&A Session w/ Murray N. Rothbard and Joseph T. Salerno


From the very beginning of the US, there were battles over central banking—with Thomas Jefferson leading the pro-gold standard, anti-central banking forces, and Alexander Hamilton championing easy money and an early version of the Federal Reserve. Under President Andrew Jackson, central banking was uprooted. lt wasn’t until 1913 that a coalition of bankers and politicians were able to establish the Federal Reserve System. Speakers discuss how the Federal Reserve was established, how it operates, why we would be better off without it, and what should replace it. Hosted by the Ludwig von Mises Institute at Jekyll Island, Georgia in 1986.

Playlist link for complete event:

Links to online writings on the Federal Reserve and other related resources:

The Case Against the Fed

Audio version:

What Has Government Done to Our Money? / The Case for a 100 Percent Gold Dollar

Audio version:

A History of Money and Banking in the United States

Audio version:

The Case for Gold: A Minority Report of the U.S. Gold Commission

Audio version:

Video: Gold versus Discretion: Ron Paul Debates Charles Partee

Video: Money, Banking, and the Federal Reserve

Why Experts Get the Gold Standard Wrong

Gold, Peace, and Prosperity

The Gold Standard: Perspectives in the Austrian School

Ludwig von Mises and the Case for Gold

Ludwig von Mises on the Gold Standard and Free Banking

Money and Gold in the 1920s and 1930s: An Austrian View

The Solution: The People Must Reclaim Control of the Money Supply

Ten Great Economic Myths

Economic Depressions: Their Cause and Cure

The Gold Standard Didn’t Create the Great Depression, the Federal Reserve Did

Central Banks Are Purchasing Gold at Record Highs. Why?

Alan Greenspan Admits Ron Paul Was Right About Gold

A Brief (and Messy) History of Modern Gold Standards

Money Isn’t a Gift from the State

Pillars of Prosperity: Free Markets, Honest Money, Private Property

The True Gold Standard

Combining Bitcoin with Gold

A Tale of Two Gold Standards

Hazlitt on Gold

Gold and Money

What Do We Mean by Sound Money?

A Portrait of the Classical Gold Standard

How Gold Was Money–How Gold Could Be Money Again

Classical Liberalism’s 700-Year Fight Against Monetary Oppression

How Do We Get Rid of the Fed?

The Gold Standard that Never Was

Federal Reserve Attacks the Gold Standard

The Gold Standard: Myths and Lies

Economics of a Pure Gold Standard

Inflation, or Gold Standard?

Putting the Country Back on Gold

The Great Gold Robbery

The Anatomy of an International Monetary Regime: The Classical Gold Standard 1880-1914

The U.S. Presidents and the Money Issue

Gold Policy in the 1930s

A Private-Enterprise Gold Standard?

Central Banks, Gold, and the Decline of the Dollar

The Gold Standard: A Critique of Friedman, Mundell, Hayek, and Greenspan

Conservatives Cite Keynes Against Gold Standard

A Retrospective on the Bretton Woods System

Let’s Liberate Money

Gold versus Fractional Reserves

Free Choice of Currencies

No Shortage of Gold

Free Money Is Sound Money

Why Inflation Is Worldwide

How NOT to Advocate a Gold Standard

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Murray N. Rothbard
Murray Rothbard was born March 2, 1926, the son of David and Rae Rothbard. He was a brilliant student even as a young child; and his academic record at Columbia University, where he majored in mathematics and economics, was stellar. In the Columbia economics department, Rothbard did not receive any instruction in Austrian economics, and Mises was no more than a name to him. In a course on price theory given by George Stigler, however, he encountered arguments against such then popular measures as price and rent control. These arguments greatly appealed to him; and he wrote to the publisher of a pamphlet that Stigler and Milton Friedman had written on rent control.
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