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The Dangerous History Podcast covers the history that the Establishment would rather you NOT know, helping you learn the past so you can understand the present and prepare for the future.

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The Dangerous History Podcast covers the history that the Establishment would rather you NOT know, helping you learn the past so you can understand the present and prepare for the future.

    Busy Giddy Minds With Foreign Quarrels

    Busy Giddy Minds With Foreign Quarrels

    CJ continues to slog away on the first installment in the upcoming World War I Propaganda in the US mini-series, but he recently decided to take a brief break from that to talk about some historical tendencies that, unfortunately, seem to be repeating themselves in real time.
    Join CJ as he discusses the various ways that economics & the desire to distract from political problems at home often cause unnecessary wars, plus a few noteworthy examples of American leaders who resisted the urge to go to war despite economic and political problems at home.
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    External Links

    A free pdf copy of Reassessing the Presidency (edited by John Denson & published by the Mises Institute.)

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    • 1 hr 45 min
    Vintage DHP Ep. 52 (Reissue): A History of the US Dollar, Part 5

    Vintage DHP Ep. 52 (Reissue): A History of the US Dollar, Part 5

    (*Note: This is a Vintage Dangerous History Podcast from 2014, reissued on the public DHP feed for a limited time. Please cut the poor audio quality some slack!)
    Finally, we conclude our non-consecutive series on the history of the history of the US dollar with part 5, looking at the story of the dollar following the breakdown of the Bretton Woods system. (This podcast was actually recorded over the course of 2 commutes — the first half in the morning commute to work, and the second one in the afternoon commute home.)
    Join CJ as he discusses:

    How the ending the ‘gold window’ in 1972 led to high inflation, which led to negative consequences (including some not purely economic) for society

    The approaches of the Ford and Carter administrations to dealing with inflation

    How, under first Carter and then Reagan, Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker (appointed in 1979) used high interest rates to staunch (though not completely stop) the erosion of the US dollar’s value in the early-1980s

    The reasons that the dollar still (mostly) operates as the world reserve currency despite its obvious flaws and vulnerabilities, including the meaning of the term ‘petrodollar’

    How things will go wrong, sooner or later, with this system, and how the remedy used previously by Volcker (high interest rates) could not realistically be used today by the Fed, even if they wanted to do so

    A few thoughts on ways to prepare for this eventuality

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    External Links
    US Debt Clock

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    • 1 hr 23 min
    Vintage DHP Ep. 35 (Reissue): A History of the US Dollar, Part 4

    Vintage DHP Ep. 35 (Reissue): A History of the US Dollar, Part 4

    (*Note: This is a Vintage Dangerous History Podcast from 2014, reissued on the public DHP feed for a limited time. Please cut the poor audio quality some slack!)
    Here it is, another installment in our non-consecutive mini-series on the tumultuous history of the United States Dollar.
    Join CJ (in 2014) as he discusses:

    The Bretton Woods system, set up in 1944 as the framework for the international monetary order

    The roots of the Great Inflation (c. mid-1960s-early-1980s) that would end Bretton Woods & any link between the US dollar and specie (gold & silver), including the rise of the so-called “New Economists”, who pushed a Neo-Keynesian view that relied heavily on a model called the “Phillips Curve” (BTW, the stagflation of the 1970s later proved that the Phillips Curve doesn’t always work)

    How the Great Inflation came to be, looking across multiple decades & presidential administrations

    The government’s responses to inflation, including de-monetizing silver in the mid-60s & ending the Bretton Woods ‘gold window’ in 1971

    Some of the effects of inflation


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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Vintage DHP Ep. 33 (Reissue): A History of the US Dollar, Part 3

    Vintage DHP Ep. 33 (Reissue): A History of the US Dollar, Part 3

    (*Note: This is a Vintage Dangerous History Podcast from 2014, reissued on the public DHP feed for a limited time. Please cut the poor audio quality some slack!)
    Here it is, another installment in our non-consecutive mini-series on the tumultuous history of the United States Dollar.
    Join CJ as he discusses:

    How hard money was eventually restored after the Civil War

    The Mint Act of 1873 (called the “Crime of ’73” by its opponents)

    The Populists’ (unsuccessful) challenge against the Gold Standard

    The establishment of the Federal Reserve in 1913 and its effect on US money

    Inflation/devaluation during the First World War

    The actions of Benjamin Strong (Head of the NY Fed) in the 1920s to help the British pound, moves which also caused the stock & real estate bubbles of the 1920s, which burst in 1929

    The end of the gold standard, gold confiscation, and the devaluation of the US Dollar under FDR in the 1930s, and how this was actually one of the factors that led to the Second World War

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Vintage DHP Ep. 26 (Reissue): A History of the US Dollar, Part 2

    Vintage DHP Ep. 26 (Reissue): A History of the US Dollar, Part 2

    (*Note: This is a Vintage Dangerous History Podcast from 2014, reissued on the public DHP feed for a limited time.)
    We continue with our non-consecutive mini-series on the history of the US dollar, which has changed repeatedly over the centuries.
    Join CJ as he discusses:

    How, in the aftermath of the Revolutionary War Continental Dollar inflation, most of the Founding Fathers were soured on paper money, and took the opportunity of writing a new Constitution to reinstate a hard money (specie) standard

    The loopholes that remained within the system even after hard money was written into the Constitution that allowed the banksters to still inflate to their own advantage

    The Coinage Act of 1792 and its effect on the definition of US money

    How banks (especially central banks) still created some inflation thanks to the ‘magic’ of “fractional reserve banking”, and also sparked business cycles – though by today’s standards the US dollar’s value was remarkably stable overall

    How the not-so-Civil War spelled changes in American money that were just as dramatic as the changes the war wrought in so many other arenas, with the Union experiencing high inflation, and the Confederacy experiencing hyperinflation

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    • 44 min
    Vintage DHP Ep. 21 (Reissue): A History of the US Dollar, Part 1

    Vintage DHP Ep. 21 (Reissue): A History of the US Dollar, Part 1

    (*Note: This is a limited-time reissue of a 2014 Dangerous History Podcast episode.)
    Why cover this topic? First off, because the history of money is a lot more interesting than you might think, and it’s absolutely crucial to understanding the world, past, present, and future.
    This will be part 1 of a multipart series (right now I estimate it will probably be around 4 parts) covering the history of the United States dollar. The series will be non-contiguous — ie, interspersed with episodes on other, probably non-related topics.
    Join CJ as he discusses:

    Why money matters to understanding the world

    British money of the colonial era, bimetallism, and Gresham’s Law

    Other things the colonists used as money when coinage wasn’t readily available

    Some of the desirable qualities in a commodity that make it work better than others as money, and some of the reasons why gold and silver function so well as money historically

    The origins of the dollar — originally a Spanish coin modeled on a Bohemian coin, actually

    The first paper money inflation in the Western World — in colonial Massachusetts

    How overprinting of paper money in MA (and later in other colonies) disrupted their economy, and reinstating of hard money revived it

    The Revolutionary War Continental Dollars, and the hyperinflation that resulted

    A few updates on the show, how it’s going, ways to support it, thank-yous to those who have, and a few remarks about the future of the show

    External links
    An excerpt from the TV show DuckTales which shows how increasing the money supply dilutes the value of the money (Uncle Scrooge has more economic sense than our leaders!)
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    • 1 hr 14 min

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