free banking, 100% reserve, public banks, economic history, friday flashback

(Originally appeared as George Selgin's first-ever post in Alt-M's predecessor blog freebanking.org.) *** Free bankers have been fighting a war on two fronts.  On one they face champions of central banking and managed money.  On the other they struggle against advocates of 100-percent reserve banking.  Although the…

Austrian Business Cycle Theory, banking theory, central banks, fractional reserve banking, money supply

Several times on these pages (e.g., here and here), and elsewhere (e.g., here and here) I've tried to refute the claim, championed by certain Austrian-school economists and their many fans, that fractional-reserve banking is inherently fraudulent, because whenever the sum of readily-redeemable bank deposit balances and (when…