When Money Dies

“Money may no longer be physically printed and distributed in the voluminous quantities of 1923.  However, ‘quantitative easing”, that modern euphemism for surreptitious deficit financing in an electronic era, can no less become an assault on monetary discipline.  Whatever the reason for a country’s deficit – necessity or profligacy, unwillingness to tax or blindness to expenditure – it is beguiling to suppose that if the day of reckoning is postponed economic recovery will come in time to prevent higher unemployment or deeper recession. What if it does not?  It is alarming that some respected bankers and economists today, in the US as in Britain, are still able to commend “the printing press” (in so many words) as a fail-safe, a last resort.  A country’s budget can indeed be balanced in that way, but at the cost, to whatever degree, of its citizens’ savings and pensions, their confidence and trust, their morals and their moral.”

From Adam Fergusson’s When Money Dies


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