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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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  • 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: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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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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This book and Mr. Mitchell's writings on money are an astonishing mixture of facts and falsehoods leading one to maintain misconceptions that should have been laid to rest long ago. Gold is only money if law says it is, otherwise it is a commodity of little use. Our government does not create money, no government in the world today creates money. Like Greece they are all in debt to the PRIVATE international banking system. He is right that Congress is responsible as they are not doing their Constitutional duty to issue the money and spend it into the economy for public benefit. Instead they continue to allow the FED, our privately owned and controlled central bank to control the money supply for personal gain. The Greens Platform and the NEED Act, HR2990, would change that as it nationalizes the Federal Reserve, prohibits banks from issuing money as debt, and returns the money power to Congress, which creates new U.S. money as a public asset and spends it into circulation for the common good: infrastructure, health care and education. It is what Greece needs to do as well as every nation on earth. The central bankers have divided and conquered the nations of the world, time we stopped allowing them the power to do so.
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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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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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This book cuts through all the myths and clarifies the US monetary system once and for all. No more will the reader view the federal monetary system as a constrained tax and borrow system straining under unsustainable federal spending. That pointless, muddled misinterpretation of the monetary system has been wrong since we went off the gold standard in 1971. Finally someone has laid out a simple explanation of how our monetary system is not in trouble and how it could be used to our best advantage now and in the future.
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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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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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