The View From 1776

A Prudent Federal Reserve System

President Nixon severed our last link with sound money in 1971, when he arbitrarily took the United States off the Bretton Woods version of a gold standard.

President Franklin Roosevelt began abandonment of prudence in 1933, when he arbitrarily reneged on contractual promises that Federal debts, including paper currency, had to be paid in gold at the holder’s option (see How FDR Destroyed the Dollar).  Until 1933, the U. S. dollar was the among the strongest and most stable currencies in the world.