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Constitutional Money par [Timberlake, Richard H.]
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'Richard H. Timberlake provides a tour de force on the history and unconstitutionality of the US government's meddling in the US monetary system. Constitutional Money is the definitive reference in its field, a true classic.' Kevin Dowd, University of Durham

'The leading historian of US monetary institutions, Richard H. Timberlake further enriches our knowledge of the evolution (or devolution) of the dollar with his latest work. Constitutional Money shows how Supreme Court decisions paved the way for paper to supersede gold and silver, and for the federal government to supplant decentralized market-based monetary arrangements. Those who do not learn from this history will be unarmed in the coming battle of ideas over how we might constrain government's role in the monetary system.' Lawrence H. White, George Mason University

'Professor Timberlake's Constitutional Money embodies abundant research by himself and other scholars. His review of Supreme Court decisions, both majority opinions and dissents, makes a fascinating story with elements of suspense. Timberlake writes smoothly, with flashes of brilliant phrasing and an attractive mix of short and moderately long sentences.' Leland B. Yeager, Auburn University and the University of Virginia

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This book reviews nine Supreme Court cases and decisions that dealt with monetary laws and gives a summary history of monetary events and policies as they were affected by the Court's decisions. Several cases and decisions had notable consequences on the monetary history of the United States, some of which were blatant misjudgments stimulated by political pressures. The cases included in this book begin with McCulloch v. Maryland in 1819 and end with the Gold Clause Cases in 1934-5. Constitutional Money examines three institutions that were prominent in these decisions: the Supreme Court, the gold standard and the Federal Reserve System. The final chapter describes the adjustments necessary to return to a gold standard and briefly examines the constitutional alternatives.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Why we no longer have constitutional money in American and one means of stabilizing the purchasing power of the U.S. dollar 30 novembre 2013
Par Terry Jennrich - Publié sur
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I really enjoyed reading this book. He discusses the current monetary policy of the U.S. Government by reviewing the important U.S. Supreme Court cases dealing with legal tender laws and gold coins. As my fellow citizen readers may recall, the current U.S. Constitution states that only gold and silver shall be coined as lawful money. It does not say anything about paper money being the equivelent of gold or silver for payment of debt.
He goes on to indicate the ineptitude of both the Hoover and Roosevelt administations when it came to managing the monetary crisis of the 20th Century--the event which became the Great Depression--something that the author believes need not have occurred, or least not to the extent , depth, and length that it did.
The reason I gave the book only a 4 rather than a 5 star rating was because I thought his proposed solution to our current monetary policies of the Federal Reserve Banking system were a bit vague. However, I do like his idea of
found on page 231 of his book as follows:

The transition forward to a truly operational gold standard would require poltical committment and time. ***
Another possiblity is one that, instead of defining the dollar's value in terms of gold, defines it in terms of a bundle of commonly known and priced goods and services, and then allows monetary flexibility by means of growth in the total product that defines the money-unit. One such system , and the most market directed, is Greenfield and Yeager's (G-Y) privatized multicommodity standard. It is similar to the gold standard but uses several commodities as "the" standard commodity.
My fear of returning to the old gold standard we had before WWI in 1914 would be that inflation has affected the U.S. dollar so much, that there might not be enought gold on the planet to return to the old system. THat is why I like the idea of establishing a variety (basket) of commidites [goods and/or services] to form the measure of the unit of exchage so that the U.S. dollar would be actually based upon something of value instead of only air as it is now when the U.S. went off the gold standard in 1933 and fully so in August 1971. Nothing backs the Federal Reserve Notes we all use as money except the promise and full faith and credit of the U.S. government. Before 1933, cold hard cash (coin) in the form of gold and silver coins backed the paper money circulating as bills of credit.
I also refer the reader to page 128 ft note 22. Mr. TImberlake quotes Justice Field his lone dissent in the case of Juilliard vs. Greenman, 110 U.S. 421, decided March 3, 1884. Field stated the attempt to make paper money legal tender notes altered the condition of contracts between private parties and authorized payment or discharge of the contract in something different from what the parties bargained for and contracted. The framers of our Constitution intended to prohibit the issue of legal tender notes by both the general government and the states and thereby prevent the interference with contracts of private parties. This would not prevent the federal government from issuing paper money, but would prevent them from requiring citizens to use it to pay their debts. They were free to accept it at a discount or not at all. Only gold and silver were lawful money said the consitution.(pg 124-128). Field concluded his remarkes to his fellow judges by asking the following questions:
The possibility of ...depreciation will always attend paper money. If Congress has the power to make the notes legal tender and to pass as money, why should not a sufficient amount be issued to pay the bonds of the United States as they mature? Why pay interest on the millions of dollars of bonds now due when Congress can in one day make the money to pay the principal? And why should there be any restraint upon unlimited appropriations by the government for all imaginary schemes of public improvement if the printing press can furnish the money that is needed for them? Sounds a lot like 21 century Federal Reserve Banks who make money out of thin air by simply adding accounting numbers to is bank balance sheet. Don't you think?
terry jennrich
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