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The reigning error: The crisis of world inflation Paperback – 1975


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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Baxter (1975)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0006CQBNM
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,945,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dale Holmgren on July 4, 2010
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Probably the best summary of the dangers of inflation I have ever read, and it's only 112 pages long. Rees-Mogg, in this 1975 book, describes inflation as a disease; the disease of inordinancy, that is, disorder, much like cancer is a disease of inordinate proliferation of cells against the rules which control their reproduction.

Money without order, without limits as to its reproduction, is like society without order, without laws. A gold standard imposes limits, and thus imposes order. Rees-Mogg argues that it also imposes on man a respect for economic resources. He analyzes the historical inflation experiences in Germany, France, and England.

He discusses man's hunger for order in all things, and likens monetary order to the structure in behaviors in society provided by the world's religions. I will not keep you in suspense: the "reigning error" of the 20th century he refers to was our societal rejection of the idea of external discipline, the idea that something outside of ourselves needs to control our conduct in behaviors, in sexual conduct, and in monetary policy. In the latter, that ordinance is gold; in behaviors, in our constitution. Rees-Mogg contends that a democracy that does not place value on its own constitution will not survive. It is a powerfully written warning, now being played out in the summer of 2010 on the world stage, with India reporting 16% food inflation and China reporting 22% wage gains. Brazil is forecasting 5.4% inflation. We have had a worldwide crisis for 3 years, getting worse by the month. Greece is at a standstill with continuous labor strikes resulting from the Greece bailout and austerity program.
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