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George F. Smith
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George F. Smith is the author of The Flight of The Barbarous Relic, a novel about a renegade Fed chairman.  Visit his website.    

 

RECENT COMMENTS BY George F. Smith

Columns by George F. Smith

The Exit on the Road to Tyranny?
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George F. Smith 2013-07-02 08:51
Column by George F. Smith. Exclusive to STR One of my favorite quotes from the quotable Thomas Paine is a mere footnote in his treatise, Rights of Man, Part Second, in which he wrote: It is scarcely possible to touch on any subject, that will not suggest an allusion to some corruption in governments. Paine was referring to “the splendor of the throne,” which he said “is no...
Snowden vs. Bernanke
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George F. Smith 2013-06-24 08:03
Column by George F. Smith. Exclusive to STR From the regime’s viewpoint only, who is the greatest threat, Edward Snowden or Ben Bernanke? The government’s defenders would likely turn their backs on the question, but they ought to look closely at it.  Here’s their take: Snowden has broken the law and exposed sensitive government snooping operations.  At the very least,...
The 'Case' Against Thomas Paine
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George F. Smith 2013-06-12 08:20
Column by George F. Smith. Exclusive to STR Thomas Paine died on the overcast morning of June 8, 1809, in New York City.  Libertarians have long savored his unabashed attacks on government and the many evils of paper money, and the fact that he not only ignited the drive for American independence but kept it alive during its darkest moments.  He played an important role in history, both...
The Pope Joins the Chorus in Blaming Free Markets
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George F. Smith 2013-06-03 08:39
Column by George F. Smith. Exclusive to STR On Thursday, May 16 Pope Francis delivered a short speech on economics and finance, blaming the “cult of money” for the millions of people suffering in poverty.  He addressed the New Non-Resident Ambassadors to the Holy See, calling for “financial reform along ethical lines.” He describes the problem thusly: "While...
Who Are the Revolutionaries in a Free Market Revolution?
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George F. Smith 2012-11-05 01:00
Column by George F. Smith. Exclusive to STR On the dedication page of Ron Paul’s The Revolution: A Manifesto, we find these words: "To my supporters:  I have never been more humbled and honored than by your selfless devotion to freedom and the Constitution." The modifier “selfless” is intended as a moral tribute. Imagine instead if he had written “selfish...
Measure 2's Measure of Common Sense
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George F. Smith 2012-06-08 00:00
Column by George F. Smith. Exclusive to STR Measure 2 is a proposal to amend the North Dakota constitution to eliminate property taxes.  According to polls, most people oppose Measure 2 because it would require legislators to replace lost revenues from other sources.  K-12 school funding would be heavily impacted.  A vote on June 12, 2012 will decide its fate. Measure 2...
The Triumph of the Bankers
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George F. Smith 2011-05-25 00:00
Column by George F. Smith. Exclusive to STR   In spite of its success in bestowing wealth on some men while funding an unnecessary war, [1] the National Banking System proved unsatisfactory to financial leaders. Even with laws discouraging or restricting redemption, crises still occurred, and banks had to contract and deflate to survive. They were unable to inflate their way out of...
Who Paid for the Civil War?
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George F. Smith 2011-05-20 00:00
Column by George F. Smith.   When war broke out in 1861, the federal government was without its own money machine, though that would soon change. As expenses from the war mounted, the U.S. government once again issued Treasury Notes to help finance it. The Act of July 17, 1861 authorized Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase to issue notes at 7.30%, a rate chosen to make...
Wildcat Inflation Fighters
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George F. Smith 2011-05-16 00:00
Column by George F. Smith Exclusive to STR Summary: Though banking and government have had a corrupt relationship throughout history, the Suffolk Bank and Independent Treasury System, both of which were prominent during the “wildcat banking” era of the 19th Century, represent significant efforts at reform.    In his 1994 book, Money Mischief: Episodes in Monetary History,...
The Revolution's Paper Money Legacy
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George F. Smith 2009-07-16 16:00
Exclusive to STR July 17, 2008 After Lexington and Concord, Congress had a war on their hands and needed a way to finance it. The Americans were in large measure tax rebels, so taxation of their own would have to wait. After giving some thought to borrowing, Congress decided instead to call upon their old friend, the printing press.
The Ghost of Dred Scott
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George F. Smith 2009-04-12 16:00
'The government gives [blacks] the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing 'God Bless America .' No, no, no, God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human.' [198] Such were the words of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright as he addressed the congregation of the mostly black Trinity United Church of Christ in southside Chicago on April 13th 2003...
A Juggernaut of Destruction
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George F. Smith 2009-02-19 17:00
Exclusive to STR February 20, 2009 Nature is stingy; the things we need to sustain life above a primitive level are scarce. Fresh tomatoes, iPods, and rotator cuff surgery do not come forth as easily as the air we breathe, and thus man had to discover on his own how to produce or acquire them.
Bailout!
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George F. Smith 2008-12-14 17:00
Exclusive to STR December 15, 2008
When Is a Voter Truly Sovereign?
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George F. Smith 2008-11-03 17:00
Exclusive to STR November 4, 2008
The 'Something' Government Should Do
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George F. Smith 2008-10-29 17:00
Exclusive to STR October 30, 2008 Sometime soon George Bush may want to review Herbert Hoover's 1932 acceptance speech and pluck phrases from it that might calm angry Americans. In rationalizing his interventionism, Hoover said:
Why Shed Blood for Democracy?
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George F. Smith 2008-09-01 16:00
Exclusive to STR September 2, 2008
Not to Worry, They're on Our Side
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George F. Smith 2008-08-24 16:00
Exclusive to STR August 25, 2008 Less than three months from now either Obama or McCain will be the president-elect. Should we be concerned? Not whatsoever. Here's why: A government too big to fail
Are You a Deathbed Libertarian?
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George F. Smith 2008-08-19 16:00
Exclusive to STR Recent medical problems have left me wondering what I might write if I were on my deathbed, assuming I still had the ability to put words down. Would I repudiate any of my deepest held convictions, as if they were good for the living but not for the dying? Would I write what I normally write, as if life went on forever? Would I not write a thing, but spend all the time I could...
Jim Rogers' Ultimate Road Trip
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George F. Smith 2008-08-05 16:00
Exclusive to STR August 6, 2008 Anyone who publicly calls for the abolition of the Fed gets my attention. Add to his resume the fact that he rode a motorcycle across China once, circled the planet on the ground twice (the second time with his beautiful bride), ran the New York City marathon three times, and is one of the world's most successful investors as well as a best-selling author, and I'...
Government's Perennial Enemy
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George F. Smith 2008-06-29 16:00
Exclusive to STR June 30, 2008
A Colonial Radical in King Bernanke's Court
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George F. Smith 2008-05-04 16:00
Exclusive to STR May 5, 2008 Thomas Paine made the case for freedom in 1776, and ten years later made the case for freedom's money, gold and silver. [1] If we had followed his advice on the latter, we would still possess a good measure of the former.
Ron Paul's Revolution
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George F. Smith 2008-04-27 16:00
Exclusive to STR April 28, 2008
The Sacred Cow of Inflation
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George F. Smith 2008-04-15 16:00
Exclusive to STR April 16, 2008 No one has ever died from inflation directly, yet it constitutes a serious threat to our existence. By 'inflation' I mean a policy of increasing the money supply, the root cause of the booms that inevitably go bust. Using this traditional idea of inflation--which, it should be mentioned, is regarded as contrived by most economists today--in what sense can it be...
Who Does the Fed Serve?
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George F. Smith 2008-04-07 16:00
Exclusive to STR In testimony last week, Ben Bernanke told Ron Paul that the government created the Federal Reserve in 1913 to stop the "periodic financial crises" that erupted in the 19th Century and again in 1907. Bernanke, evidently, was counting on Paul holding the accepted view of the Fed's origins, the one untainted by Wall Street-government conspiracy -- not the view...
Bernanke and the Holy Grail
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George F. Smith 2008-03-19 17:00
Exclusive to STR March 20, 2008
A Juggernaut of Destruction
10
George F. Smith 2009-02-19 17:00
Exclusive to STR February 20, 2009 Nature is stingy; the things we need to sustain life above a primitive level are scarce. Fresh tomatoes, iPods, and rotator cuff surgery do not come forth as easily as the air we breathe, and thus man had to discover on his own how to produce or acquire them.
Who Are the Revolutionaries in a Free Market Revolution?
10
George F. Smith 2012-11-05 01:00
Column by George F. Smith. Exclusive to STR On the dedication page of Ron Paul’s The Revolution: A Manifesto, we find these words: "To my supporters:  I have never been more humbled and honored than by your selfless devotion to freedom and the Constitution." The modifier “selfless” is intended as a moral tribute. Imagine instead if he had written “selfish...
The Exit on the Road to Tyranny?
10
George F. Smith 2013-07-02 08:51
Column by George F. Smith. Exclusive to STR One of my favorite quotes from the quotable Thomas Paine is a mere footnote in his treatise, Rights of Man, Part Second, in which he wrote: It is scarcely possible to touch on any subject, that will not suggest an allusion to some corruption in governments. Paine was referring to “the splendor of the throne,” which he said “is no...
Who Paid for the Civil War?
9.6
George F. Smith 2011-05-20 00:00
Column by George F. Smith.   When war broke out in 1861, the federal government was without its own money machine, though that would soon change. As expenses from the war mounted, the U.S. government once again issued Treasury Notes to help finance it. The Act of July 17, 1861 authorized Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase to issue notes at 7.30%, a rate chosen to make...
Wildcat Inflation Fighters
9
George F. Smith 2011-05-16 00:00
Column by George F. Smith Exclusive to STR Summary: Though banking and government have had a corrupt relationship throughout history, the Suffolk Bank and Independent Treasury System, both of which were prominent during the “wildcat banking” era of the 19th Century, represent significant efforts at reform.    In his 1994 book, Money Mischief: Episodes in Monetary History,...
The 'Case' Against Thomas Paine
9
George F. Smith 2013-06-12 08:20
Column by George F. Smith. Exclusive to STR Thomas Paine died on the overcast morning of June 8, 1809, in New York City.  Libertarians have long savored his unabashed attacks on government and the many evils of paper money, and the fact that he not only ignited the drive for American independence but kept it alive during its darkest moments.  He played an important role in history, both...
The Triumph of the Bankers
6.33333
George F. Smith 2011-05-25 00:00
Column by George F. Smith. Exclusive to STR   In spite of its success in bestowing wealth on some men while funding an unnecessary war, [1] the National Banking System proved unsatisfactory to financial leaders. Even with laws discouraging or restricting redemption, crises still occurred, and banks had to contract and deflate to survive. They were unable to inflate their way out of...