In this sure-to-be-controversial history of money and banking, Hixson examines the historical and resulting present-day deficiencies of the U.S. monetary and banking system. His study reveals that in a whole series of historical cases over the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries faulty economic principles were applied to the developing system. His bold conclusions include suggestions that: commercial banks should be required to maintain 100 percent reserves on all demand-deposit accounts and thus be denied the present privilege of creating credit-money; and the federal government should be the sole creator of money in the economy. As in his previous book, Hixson challenges generally accepted historical and economic wisdom, making this a significant contribution to the literature.
About the Author:
WILLIAM F. HIXSON is a retired businessman and engineer, as well as an amateur economist, who has published articles in the Eastern Economic Journal, The History of Economics Society Bulletin, and Economies et Societes./e He is the author of A Matter of Interest: Reexamining Money, Debt, and Real Economic Growth (Praeger, 1991).