Most conservatives say not, at least until the combination of deflation and depression produces mass unemployment. Then they, too, always join the chorus calling for the government to Do Something. And what does the government do? It forces the nation's central bank to buy more government debt with fiat money created out of thin air (or computer entries).
This has been going on since at least 1920. It is not likely to stop until men learn a painful lesson: monetary inflation only postpones the inevitable disaster. Depressions are caused by monetary inflation in the first place. Only when a majority of voters learn to fear price inflation more than they fear price deflation will we enter a new economic and political era.
One international conservative movement has long promoted the idea that inflation is mandatory to save the capitalist system. The group is called Social Credit. Since 1917, defenders of this reform scheme have offered arguments against free market money, private banking, and gold. Many of them have been fundamentalist Christians. In the 1930's, they captured the Canadian province of Alberta and kept control for a decade.
In 1949, the great Austrian economist Ludwig Von Mises wrote that to refute Social Credit economics is to refute inflationary policies of every modern government. Yet until Salvation Through Inflation, no book had challenged the economics of Social Credit since the 1930's.
Social Credit ideas have spread from England to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. Its proposed reform resembles the reform proposals of the late nineteenth-century's "greenback" movement in the United States, which still exists in the "underground" of America's far right. Salvation Through Inflation provides a comprehensive but easy-to-read refutation of these ideas. It invokes the Bible and Austrian economic analysis to challenge the economics of Social Credit.
|Suggested Grade: Adult|
|Author: Gary North|
|Softbound: 300 pages|