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Readings on the Money and the Business Cycle

For those who haven’t been able to make it to the last couple of weeks, here is some material that is well worth looking at.

“On the Origins of Money”
Carl Menger

Peter Schiff Lecture: Financial Bubbles Explained
“Why the Meltdown Should Have Surprised No-One”
Peter Schiff, 2009
60 min. video presentation

Thomas Woods
Chapter 4, ‘How Government Causes the Boom-Bust Economic Cycle’
[Get a free chapter of the book here:


“The Global Financial/Economic Crisis: Causes & Solution”

David McGregor
[Article online at

Economics For Real People
Gene Callahan
Chapter 13: “Times Are Hard: On the Causes of the Business Cycle”
Book online at www. mises.org/books/econforrealpeople.pdf

“Financial Crisis and Recession”Jesus Huerta de Soto


“Our Financial House of Cards”
“The Myth that Laissez-Faire is Responsible for the Economic Crisis”
“Credit Expansion, Economic Inequality and Stagnant Wages”
“The Housing Bubble and the Credit Crunch”
George Reisman
http://mises.org/daily/2926 and http://mises.org/daily/3165 and
http://georgereisman.com/blogWP/?tag=boom-bust and http://georgereisman.com/blogWP/?tag=credit-crunch

“The Origin of Money & Its Value”

Robert Murphy

“There’s No Such Thing as ‘Overproduction’” Thomas Woods

Great Myths of the Great Depression
Lawrence Reed

The Austrian Theory: A Summary
Roger W. Garrison
Time & Money: The Macroeconomics of Capital Structure
Roger Garrison

Chapter 4, ‘Sustainable and Unsustainable Growth’


Friedrich A. Hayek

Economic Depressions: Their Causes & Cure
Murray Rothbard

Human Action: A Treatise on Economics
Ludwig Von Mises
Chapter 17, ‘Indirect Exchange’
Chapter 18, ‘Action in the Passing of Time’
Chapter 19, ‘Interest’
Chapter 20 ‘Interest, Credit Expansion & the Trade Cycle’
Chapter 31, ‘Currency, Credit Creation & the Business Cycle’
Book online at http://www.econlib.org/library/Mises/HmA/msHmA.html

The Great Depression
Lionel Robbins
Chapter 1: “1914-1933”
Chapter 2: Miconceptiions”
Chapter 3: “The Genesis of the Depression”
Book online at http://mises.org/books/depression-robbins.pdf 

Mark A. Abrams
Chapter: “Can Price Stabilisation Help?”
[Chapter available in Austrian Economics: A Reader, ed, by Richard M. Ebeling]

The Organisation of Debt Into Currency
Charles Holt Carroll

You can read an introduction to this important but little-known book here:
http://mises.org/daily/2114.   The complete book is online at

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