Thursday, April 14, 2011

Gary North: How to end the Federal Reserve System

How To End the Federal Reserve System
by Gary North
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Things are not always as complicated as they seem. With respect to the Federal Reserve System, it is a deliberate mystery. It was deliberately designed in 1910 to deceive the public, who were opposed the idea of a central bank. The conspirators who met on Jekyll Island in November 1910 knew this. They did good work from their point of view. They concealed the beast.
The general public today knows little about the FED. Prior to Ron Paul's Presidential run in 2007-8, far fewer people understood it.
I have been asked: "How could we get rid of the Federal Reserve? What will replace it?" The answer: either the free market or Congress.
People who think of themselves as free market people often are not. The tax-funded public schools and the state-regulated and accredited university faculties have taught that the modern system of intrusive civil government is necessary for an orderly society. People cannot imagine a market-based society.
There is an old saying, "You can't beat something with nothing." But the free market social order is not nothing. It is expanding around the world, which is why the world is getting richer.
At the Federal level, a free market social order in banking existed prior to 1914. That was back when the dollar was worth over 20 times what it is worth today. On this point, see the inflation calculator of the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
We can go back to that system. We will go back to it. The question is: When? The other question is: At what price?


Ron Paul could introduce a bill to end the Federal Reserve System. He could call it: "The Monetary Liberty Act." It would get known as the "End the Fed Act." Here is what the text might say.

The Federal Reserve Act of 1913 is hereby repealed. So are all subsequent acts based on the Federal Reserve Act of 1913...



I do not expect Congress to revoke the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 in this decade. The powers that be who run this country do so by means of the Federal Reserve System more than by any other semi-private institution. It is at the center of control, because the monetary system is at the center of the economy.

But the central bank faces a problem. To maintain the boom, the FED must inflate. To cease inflating would allow the credit bubble to implode on a scale far more devastating than what happened in 2008. The FED has placed us all on the back of the tiger.

Yet if it does not reverse its policy, it must produce hyperinflation at some point. That will destroy the FED's ability to guide the economy. Hyperinflation will lead to alternative currencies. Digital technology is now international. If buying and selling digital U.S. dollars is no longer profitable, because long-term contracts are not possible under hyperinflation, then the citizens of the United States will do what citizens of Zimbabwe did. They will use other currencies.

If the FED produces a Third World economy through hyperinflation, then people will do what Third World citizens do: find reliable currencies elsewhere. This can be done on-line nearly for free. The Internet has reduced the transaction costs of using rival currencies.

The FED economists know this. They know that transaction costs for using other currencies are low. If the FED's policies undermine long-term contracts, the citizens are not helpless. They can switch.

It will not take legislation to end the FED. All it will take is the FED. If the FED continues to inflate, it will destroy its base: the monetary system based on the FED. But if it ceases to inflate, by ceasing to buy Treasury debt, it will create Great Depression 2...



The Post Office looked unbeatable for over 250 years. Technology has made it peripheral. The same will happen to the Federal Reserve System. It looks unbeatable. But the Internet can beat it. There are ways out of the FED's trap.

A lot of people will pay a heavy price for Bernanke's policies. That will be the price of persuading those people with the bulk of their assets in digital dollars to sell those assets and replace them with other digits.

This is why I do not think the FED will resort to hyperinflation. The economists know that the FED's victims can escape. The FED will risk mass inflation, but at some point it must say: "We will buy no more Treasury debt." That will be the moment of truth. That will be the day it climbs off the back of the tiger.

So will we all.

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