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Enough with the Praise for Stanley Fischer and Israel’s Central Bank

There should be no central bank which regulates the supply of money.
Stanley Fischer

Stanley Fischer
Photo Credit: Yori Yanover, based on image by Miriam Alster/Flash90

In a free market for money, the best, most efficient, and most honest money coiners will get the most business and have the most coins circulating on the market. Those coining companies that cheat and lie about the purity of their coins will lose business and go bankrupt. Their coins will not circulate, or they will circulate at a discount.

In a free market for money, the best, most efficient, and most honest money receipt issuers (currency printers, private banks) will store the most money and issue the most currency. Those private banks that cheat and lie about how much silver or gold they have in their vaults to match the receipts and “inflate” their currency will lose business, inspire their receipt holders to call in their receipts for silver and if they can’t provide it, they will go bankrupt. Their currency will not circulate, or it will circulate at a discount..

In a free market for money, you will have several different competing currencies and coinages, with people accepting the ones with the best reputations and rejecting the ones that are unreliable.

Interest rates and prices will remain stable as money supply and money demand equilibriate, and as in any developed economy, goods and services will increase faster than the supply of money, allowing for a gently falling price level and everyone to get richer in real terms.

Or you can have someone like Stan the Shekel Man Fischer in charge, printing sheets of paper backed by absolutely nothing, causing prices to continually rise and government controlled money to continually lose value, making everyone poorer and more miserable.

Stanley Fischer did not save the Israeli economy from collapse. He simply did not abuse the insane power given to him as badly as other central bankers did: the monopoly power to print money. This power, incidentally, was given to him in much the same way as our fictional Stan Shoemaker’s was given to him: By a bully state ready and willing to arrest anyone besides Stan who manufactures shoes. Or in this case, money. And why would the Israeli government forbid anyone but Stan their goon from manufacturing money? Because when you have control over the entire money supply, you can spend it on anything…you…want. Like welfare. And leather seats for Knesset members. And armored cars for party heads. And first class trips to France for Defense Ministers. And subsidies to ignoramuses who you want to vote for you. And huge campaign posters and TV ads and God only knows what else.

When one man controls the shoe market, the quality of shoes goes down and everyone who wears shoes, suffers. When one man controls the money market, the quality of money goes down. It loses value. It makes you poorer.  Everyone who uses money, suffers.

Every single time a national/federal/central bank prints money with the flip of a switch, it steals from people like you and me who have to work to earn our money.

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4 Responses to “Enough with the Praise for Stanley Fischer and Israel’s Central Bank”

  1. Charlie Hall says:

    "maybe he’s just some guy who has no idea what he’s doing".

    It is this blogger who has no idea what he is doing. Using only precious metals for currency was a disaster worldwide, producing financial panic after financial panic, ruining the lives of millions each time. Winston Churchill later admitted that putting the UK back on the gold standard was one of his worst mistakes, as it helped to precipitate the Great Depression — which helped to precipitate the rise of the Nazis. And the ideas here are more extreme than any proponent of gold standards; he would eliminate government involvement completely and allow private interests — think George Soros — to make a killing by controlling the supply. Small countries in particular, such as Israel, would be at the mercy of such.

    Stanley Fischer justifiably gets a significant part of the credit for saving Israel from the consequences of the 2008 Crash, a crash caused largely by the removal of government involvement in financial regulation in most countries — but not Israel. Furthermore, the author shows his ignorance through this statement:

    " government controlled money to continually lose value".

    In fact the Shekel is worth more now than eight years ago when Fischer took over.

    Can't the *Jewish Press* do better?

  2. Charlie Hall says:

    "maybe he’s just some guy who has no idea what he’s doing".

    It is this blogger who has no idea what he is doing. Using only precious metals for currency was a disaster worldwide, producing financial panic after financial panic, ruining the lives of millions each time. Winston Churchill later admitted that putting the UK back on the gold standard was one of his worst mistakes, as it helped to precipitate the Great Depression — which helped to precipitate the rise of the Nazis. And the ideas here are more extreme than any proponent of gold standards; he would eliminate government involvement completely and allow private interests — think George Soros — to make a killing by controlling the supply. Small countries in particular, such as Israel, would be at the mercy of such.

    Stanley Fischer justifiably gets a significant part of the credit for saving Israel from the consequences of the 2008 Crash, a crash caused largely by the removal of government involvement in financial regulation in most countries — but not Israel. Furthermore, the author shows his ignorance through this statement:

    " government controlled money to continually lose value".

    In fact the Shekel is worth more now than eight years ago when Fischer took over.

    Can't the *Jewish Press* do better?

  3. Rafi Farber says:

    Charlie, you seem to attack most things I write. First, you should understand that I am a anarcho-capitalist libertarian. I do not believe in the right of States qua States to exist, so obviously they should not run the monetary system. Just to clear up you facts a bit, the biggest financial panics ever (great depression, great recession, the soon to be great economic explosion and collapse of all currencies) have all occurred under Federal Reserve Hashgacha, the epicenter of fiat money. Winston Churchill's mistake was not putting Britain back on the gold standard. It was putting Britain back on the gold standard at 4.86 per pound instead of 3.5 per pound in an attempt to deny that they had been inflating the pound. This meant they were back on a gold standard with more pounds than gold. As for George Soros, there is no man who hounds for fiat currency and inflation more than him. When the Fed prints garbage, he's the first one that gets it, because it all goes to Wall Street first.

  4. Rafi Farber says:

    And the Shekel is certainly not worth more now than 8 years ago by any stretch of the imagination. It is stronger relative to the dollar, which is weakening even faster, yes, but in terms of what one can buy with 100 shekels, the purchasing power in terms of actual goods and services continually erodes and will keep doing so as long as governments are in charge of printing them.

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