Aug 2, 2021
George Selgin, director of the Center of Monetary
Alternatives at the Cato Institute joins the show to discuss
Bitcoin, Free Banking, and stablecoins. In this episode:
- Why George refers to Bitcoin as a synthetic commodity
- Why George was excited by the possibility for synthetic
- What conditions would have to hold for Bitcoin to be considered
- Why money is a spectrum rather than binary
- Are stablecoins prone to bank runs?
- Is Tether's melange of underlying collateral sufficient?
- How should stablecoins be regulated?
- Why are regulators looking into stablecoins today?
- Comparing stablecoins to Money Market Mutual Funds
- Why money market funds broke the buck in 08
- Are stablecoins as systemic as money market funds?
- George's objections to Gorton and Zhang's paper on free banking
- George's definition of free banking
- Was the 1830s-60s period in the U.S. a period of genuine free
- The actual causes of bank failures in the pre-Civil War
- Why 'unit banking' was so fragile
- What lessons can be taken from Canada's experience with free
banking in that era
- Why the history of Free Banking is a red herring in the
- George's recommendations for a primer on free banking
- George's reflections on Hal Finney's reference to his work
- Why bank failures are often the consequence of regulation
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