quarta-feira, 14 de abril de 2010

Thomas Jefferson on [Central Banking] U.S. Bank

Declaration of Independence in 1776, President Thomas Jefferson on U.S. Bank, December 13, 1803:

From a passage in the letter of the President, I observe an idea of establishing a branch bank of the United States in New Orleans. This institution is one of the most deadly hostility existing, against the principles and form of our Constitution.

The nation is, at this time, so strong and united in its sentiments, that it cannot be shaken at this moment. But suppose a series of untoward events should occur, sufficient to bring into doubt the competency of a republican government to meet a crisis of great danger, or to unhinge the confidence of the people in the public functionaries; an institution like this, penetrating by its branches every part of the Union, acting by command and in phalanx, may, in a critical moment, upset the government.

I deem no government safe which is under the vassalage of any self-constituted authorities, or any other authority than that of the nation, or its regular functionaries. What an obstruction could not this bank of the United States, with all its branch banks, be in time of war? It might dictate to us the peace we should accept, or withdraw its aids.

Ought we then to give further growth to an institution so powerful, so hostile? That it is so hostile we know,

  • 1, from a knowledge of the principles of the persons composing the body of directors in every bank, principal or branch; and those of most of the stockholders:

  • 2, from their opposition to the measures and principles of the Government, and to the election of those friendly to them: and

  • 3, from the sentiments of the newspapers they support.

Now, while we are strong, it is the greatest duty we owe to the safety of our Constitution, to bring this powerful enemy to a perfect subordination under its authorities. The first measure would be to reduce them to an equal footing only with other banks, as to the favors of the Government. But, in order to be able to meet a general combination of the banks against us, in a critical emergency, could we not make a beginning towards an independent use of our own money, towards holding our own bank in all the deposits where it is received, and letting the treasurer give his draft or note, for payment at any particular place, which, in a well conducted government, ought to have as much credit as any private draft, or bank note, or bill, and would give us the same facilities which we derive from the banks?

The Life of Thomas Jefferson: In 3 Volumes, Volume 3, p. 93

segunda-feira, 12 de abril de 2010

Copenhaga: In Defense of Capitalism


Saturday 24th april

08.30 – 09.00 – Registration & coffee

09.00 – 09.05 – Welcome

09.05 – 09.45 – Opening remarks by Lars Seier Chritensen, Founder & CEO of Saxo Bank

09.45 – 10.45 – Common Objections to Capitalism - Art Carden, USA

10.45 – 11.00 – Break

11.00 – 11.30 – Q&A with Art Carden

11.30 – 12.45 – Lunch

12.45 – 13.45 – Why our current financial system is socialistic and an explanation of the Austrian Business Cycle Theory – Philipp Bagus, Spain/Germany

13.45 – 14.15 – Q&A with Philipp Bagus, Spain/Germany

14.15 – 14.30 – Break

14.30 – 15.30 – Capitalism and Peace – Professor Indra de Soysa from NTNU in Trondheim, Norway

15.30 – 16.00 – Q&A with Indra de Soysa

16.00 – 17.00 – Networking with beverage and snacks

Sunday 25th April

08.30 – 09.00 – Registration and coffee

09.00 – 10.00 – Keynesian Economics – The beast that will not die – Peter G. Klein

10.00 – 10.30 – Q&A with Peter G. Klein

10.30 – 10.45 – Break

10.45 – 11.45 – Democracy and Paper Money - Thorsten Polleit

11.45 – 12.15 – Q&A with Thorsten Polleit

12.15 – 13.15 – Lunch

13.15 – 14.30 – Creating competition in the government industry – Patri Friedman including Q&A

14.30 – 14.45 – Break

14.45 – 15.45 – Panel debate

15.45 – 16.00 – Closing Remarks

sexta-feira, 2 de abril de 2010

Equilíbrio, eficiência e processo de mercado

O meu mais recente artigo publicado no OrdemLivre.org: Equilíbrio, eficiência e processo de mercado; com uma discussão interessante sobre o tema aqui.