From the time of Alexander Hamilton to Richard Nixon (with a time out for the Civil War), every American dollar was backed by gold and/or silver. In this program, three economists discuss the history of the Gold Standard and weigh the potential benefits and drawbacks that would come with its reinstatement. Why did America abandon it in 1971? And what would need to happen for America to return to a gold-based monetary system?
James Grant is the founder and editor of Grant’s Interest Rate Observer and the author of Mr. Speaker! The Life and Times of Thomas B. Reed—The Man Who Broke The Filibuster. Lewis E. Lehrman is senior partner of the investment firm L. E. Lehrman & Co. and the author of several books, including The True Gold Standard. Edward Chancellor (moderator) is a member of GMO’s asset allocation team and focuses on capital market research. He has worked as a financial commentator and has written for The Wall Street Journal and New York Times, among others.
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