Silvio Gesell: The ‘Strange, Unduly Neglected Prophet’ Who Hated Money

A financial crash in 1890 convinced him that money was behind the world’s economic problems. By Greg Rosalsky Editor’s note: This is an excerpt of Planet Money‘s newsletter. You can sign up here. Silvio Gesell hated money. A German entrepreneur who moved to Argentina for business in the late 19th century, he witnessed a massive financial crash in[…]

Counterfeiting in 18th-Century France: Political Rhetoric and Social Realities

Dealing in false coinage was said to undermine the king’s prerogative to issue currency, illegally reproduce his image, and threaten the economic viability of the state. Introduction In a monarchy that was theoretically absolute, an attack on the king was the most heinous of crimes, and was accordingly punished with the most final of sentences. Lèse-majesté was[…]