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End the Fed

End the Fed
2009 first-edition cover
Author Ron Paul
Country United States
Language English
Genre Politics, economics
Publisher Grand Central Publishing
Publication date
September 16, 2009
Media type Hardcover
Pages 224
ISBN
OCLC 318878539
332.1/10973 22
LC Class HG2563 .P384 2009
Preceded by The Revolution: A Manifesto

End the Fed is a 2009 book by Congressman Ron Paul of Texas. The book debuted at number six on the New York Times Best Seller list[1] and advocates the abolition of the United States Federal Reserve System.

Summary

Paul argues that "in the post-meltdown world, it is irresponsible, ineffective, and ultimately useless to have a serious economic debate without considering and challenging the role of the Federal Reserve."[2]

In End the Fed, Ron Paul draws on American history, economics, and anecdotes from his own political life to argue that the Fed is both corrupt and unconstitutional. He states that the Federal Reserve System is inflating currency today at nearly a Weimar or Zimbabwe level, which Paul asserts is a practice that threatens to put the United States into an inflationary depression where the US dollar, which is the reserve currency of the world, would suffer severe devaluation.

A major theme throughout the work also revolves around the idea of inflation as a hidden tax making warfare much easier to wage. Because people will reject the notion of increasing direct taxes, inflation is then used to help service the overwhelming debts incurred through warfare. In turn the purchasing power of the masses is diminished, yet most people are unaware. Under Ron Paul's theory, this diminution has the biggest impact on low income individuals since it is a regressive tax. Paul argues that the CPI presently does not include food and energy, yet these are the items on which the majority of poor peoples' income is spent.

He further maintains that most people are not aware that the Fed—created (he asserts) by the [3]—is actually working against their own personal interests. Instead of protecting the people, Paul contends that the Fed now serves as a cartel where "the name of the game is bailout"—or otherwise known as privatized profits but socialized losses.

Paul also draws on what he argues are historical links between the creation of central banks and war, explaining how inflation and devaluations have been used as war financing tools in the past by many governments from monarchies to democracies.

Critical reception

James Pressley, writing for Bloomberg, took a critical view of the book's content, saying Paul was "right, yet draws the wrong conclusions."[4]

References

External links

  • Amazon.com's book reviews and description
  • Barnes & Noble's editorial reviews and overview
  • OnTheIssues.org's book review and excerpts
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