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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: PGM International, Inc. (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965832317
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965832311
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,378,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell is a business turnaround specialist. Using the non-intuitive methods describes in FREE MONEY, he predicted the economic boom. Then he was able to predict the most recent recession, because he knew what specific events would cause it. He predicted the Greenspan interest rate cuts' repeated failure to stimulate the economy. He predicted our current recovery and what will end it. He predicted the interest rate increases, and their failure to cool the economy. FREE MONEY will help readers invest more wisely and profitably.

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A terrific book!
Ira Kleinmuntz
This book cuts through all the myths and clarifies the US monetary system once and for all.
J. L. Gaddis
It doesn't take a PhD in economics to realize the absurdity of such a hypothesis.
Preston Kent Poulter

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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Piotrek on August 8, 2010
Since 1971 the US is off the gold standard. This means that a growing economy cannot be thrown into depression just because there is not enough gold to back the growing stock of money required to sustain it. It is enough now to create the money out of nothing. And this is done, the quantity of money created is known as the "federal debt", and it is completely unlike a household or corporate debt, which is a real financial burden. Debt cannot be a burden to an entity that creates money.

Unfortunately, 99% of economists, Nobel laureates including, of all persuasions: neoliberal, Keynesian, Austrian, have not caught up to the simple fact that the monetary system is nothing like the gold standard that ruled when the textbooks they learned about money from were written. The erroneous set of beliefs and dogmas (eg. "federal debt is like a household debt") is perpetuated. A small group of economists, known as chartalists or MMT-ers (after Modern Monetary Theory) have figured out the fiat (non gold-related) money. The author of the book is not among them, he discovered this by himself, a true genius. His book is definitely recommended, if you want to understand why some countries go bankrupt and others can run 200% debt-to-GDP ratio and manage to sell massive amounts of bonds despite offering near zero interest.

If you read this book you will see how confused the most famous economists are, how their thinking is muddled by false analogies and unspoken, yet absurd, assumptions.

Obviously, I think it is worth it.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 7, 2003
Every once in a while, you find a book that changes your view of the world. FREE MONEY showed me why the common knowledge about the economy is completely wrong. It showed me how to predict the stock market, which I've done successfully for the past 5 years, using the simple method described.
It showed me why we had the recession and the recovery. It showed me why Chairman Greenspan's mistakes were largely responsible for the recession, and how close we were to a depression.
It showed me solutions to the Social Security and Medicare problems.
In short, this is one of the most important books I ever have read, and it made a lot of money for me, too.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ira Kleinmuntz on March 29, 2001
FREE MONEY is one of the best non-fiction books I have read. It's logical and easy reading, and it challenges every notion I've had about our economy. I now understand what has happened in the stock market, and more importantly, what will happen. A terrific book!
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12 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 29, 2001
An excellent book. Shows how to lower taxes and at the same time, support Social Security (as well as Medicare, the military, crime prevention.) Has dozens of ideas you never see in the media. No gobble-de-gook. Very easy reading. It's counter-intuitive but logical. If you want a fresh view of what has happened in our economy and what will happen, this is the book for you.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Goss on May 21, 2011
All of the detractors of this book obviously haven't read it...or his website...or his blog. The essence of this book, which is MMT, is considered mainstream economics (post Keynesian as a matter of fact). So for all of you that say "this is contradicted by the textbooks..." or "this isn't mainstream...," put a sock in it. This is the exact same stuff that's taught by L. Randall Wray, Bill Mitchell, and James Galbraith (and to some degree, Hyman Minsky), which are all well known, reputable economists. And for all of the "Zimbabwe" nonsense, everybody knows that that country and the United States have different economic conditions. You can't compare a corrupt third world country with a low economics education, and completely different economic conditions, to the United States. Pure ridiculousness.

This book should be required reading in public schools (and the earlier, the better).
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Hoffman on October 19, 2008
Fresh perspective on what money is all about. And maybe the real answer to the financial mess the world is in now. A must read.
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