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Other free banking blogs

by Kurt Schuler January 1st, 2013 11:27 pm

What other blogs do you read, comment on, or (in a few cases) write that focus on or at least sometimes discuss free banking at length? I will assemble a consolidated list from your comments and post the results above the fold. Because I am interested in how much overlap in readership other blogs on free banking have with this one, I would appreciate you listing all the blogs you read that deal with free banking, not just those omitted by previous commenters.

18 Responses to “Other free banking blogs”

  1. avatar JonCatalan says:

    The only blog that comes to mind — of those that I visit — that sometimes discusses free banking is Coordination Problem.

  2. avatar Arteaga says:

    I know one, but it is not regularly updated and it is not properly about "Free Banking"; The name of the blog is Cashless Society, and its owners are business historians. ( http://cashlesssociety.wordpress.com/about-the-authors/ )

    Stephan Mihm´s Column at Bloomberg (http://www.bloomberg.com/view/echoes/) also sometimes deals with history of money and free banking related topics.

  3. avatar RalphMusgrave says:

    I’m very interested I banking and have read several of Selgin’s articles and one of his books. I spend hours every day looking at stuff on the net about banking. But I’ve never come across a blog that specialises in free banking, apart from this one. Maybe that is because the vast majority of those interested in banking do not regard free banking as a realistic option.

    In contrast, there are loads of blogs that deal with the full versus fractional reserve argument. Perhaps you should produce a list of those?

  4. avatar Rob R. says:

    http://marketmonetarist.com/

    Lars Christensen is a free banker at heart and his blog is great.

  5. avatar Michael von Prollius says:

    Free Banking is not very popular in Germany. Well, that's no surprise, as free markets aren't either. However you will find posts related to Free Banking on my forum: http://www.forum-ordnungspolitik.de/ as well as on the recently founded Ludwig von Mises Institute Deutschland http://www.misesde.org/ and very rarely at the Friedrich August von Hayek Gesellschaft http://www.hayek.de/ which has just recently organized a colloquium on money ending with perspectives on free banking. Advocates of free banking are also institutions such as Freiheitswerk http://freiheitswerk.org/about/ and Freitum http://www.freitum.de/ There also has been an entire special edition of the magazine Smart Investor on good money (approx. 30.000 copies were sold I have learned: http://www.amazon.de/Gutes-Geld-herrschende-Geldordnung-ausmacht/dp/3943021165/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1357157481&sr=1-4&tag=freebank07-20) As regards Switzerland I mustn't forget to mention http://www.libinst.ch/?i=home--en - you will find one ore another paper promoting Free Banking there. All papers will be written in German though. It seems as freebanking.org has a usp : )

  6. avatar John S says:

    He hasn't mentioned Free Banking at all, but given this post and his general free market orientation, I think Aziz would be a candidate to embrace the idea. (I tried to get him to bite in the comments section, but no luck so far).

    At any rate, his blog is one of the more thoughtful and entertaining ones out there. Perhaps you could reach out to him directly?
    (From his site: azizonomics@aol.co.uk).

    http://azizonomics.com/2012/08/29/currency-competition/

  7. avatar John S says:

    The Freebanking page on Facebook also seems to have a pretty good number of likes and readership. Is that your page?

    https://www.facebook.com/freebanking

    • avatar Kurt Schuler says:

      Yes, it is a companion page to this site.

      • avatar John S says:

        Oh duh, I now finally see the Facebook banner on the right side! Sometimes I'm not so observant :)

        The reason I asked is because there are some interesting articles I see via the FB page, but none of these links ever seem to be cross-posted on this blog. I feel that one thing that holds this blog back quite a bit is the relative infrequency of updates (compared to, say, Scott Sumner or Nick Rowe). I really do think that a top notch blog should aim for at least one update per day. I know that's a lot to ask, but imo it does really help to build a readership and get ppl in the habit of checking in frequently. (My feeling is that frequent updates are a necessary, but not sufficient condition, for high readership).

        I occasionally check the Alexa ranking of this page. My completely unscientific survey does seem to indicate that, as posts by Profs. Selgin and White have decreased in frequency, the ranking of this page has dropped from around 2 million to closer to 3 million. I realize everyone's busy, but it would be great if, for example, Steve Horwitz would make sure to cross-post anything money related both here and at coordinationproblem. Also, in the past Larry White blogged very frequently at divisionoflabour. Siphoning some of his blogging energy over here would also be a great help, I feel.

        I realize I sound like a nag, but I only make these comments because of my enthusiasm for the topic of free banking and desire for it to get more mainstream exposure. I really feel that, relative to its importance, it is among the most criminally neglected ideas out there. However, thanks to your work getting this blog together, it has more of fighting chance than ever.

        Oh, and one other idea: there need to be some prominent links at the top to the free readings on the net about Free Banking (e.g. "Theory of Free Banking" at libertyfund, "The Case for Free Banking Then and Now" http://www.cato.org/sites/cato.org/files/pubs/pdf/pa060.pdf) as well as other intro material for people unfamiliar with Free Banking. I would suggest the Richmond Fed interview with Selgin (http://www.richmondfed.org/publications/research/region_focus/2009/winter/full_interview.cfm) and his Youtube interview with the Sound Money Project (http://www.richmondfed.org/publications/research/region_focus/2009/winter/full_interview.cfm), both of which I thought were excellent. Horwitz and White's FEE seminar lectures on Monetary Equilibrium and Free Banking, respectively, were also very accessible introductions.

        • avatar Kurt Schuler says:

          Thank you for your suggestions, which I will discuss with the site administrator.

          • avatar John S says:

            One last suggestion--I really think the comment process needs to be loosened up. Right now, it requires a login and then waiting for moderation. This is great if a blog is overwhelmed with comments, but this site suffers from the opposite problem.

            The key way in which online media differs from print media is in its potential for interaction. Other popular econ sites (TheMoneyIllusion, MarginalRevolution) allow for immediate comments. Such instant gratification is satisfying from the POV of readers. (I realize logging in only takes a few seconds, but even the trivial effort of remembering one's password and typing it is annoying in this lightspeed age. Plus, most ppl won't even bother with the initial account setup. Consider this comment from a would be poster: http://consultingbyrpm.com/blog/2012/11/potpourri-122.html#comment-51500 Perhaps you're glad he didn't post, but I'm certain he's not the only one who feels this way.)

            Once each post is regularly getting 10-20+ comments, then I think it's reasonable to go up to the next screening level by moderating comments (this approach works well for John Cochrane's Grumpy Economist blog). But until then, commenting needs to be as easy and immediate as possible.

            To use a cheesy Free Banking metaphor--it's relatively easy to supply the banknotes (blog posts). But the really important (and difficult) part is to keep them in active circulation (high user engagement: lively comments section and lots of shares).

  8. avatar ivancarrino says:

    You should definately consider "Punto de Vista Económico" a blog from Argentina mostly in spanish and really dedicated to austrian economics and which deals a lot with Free Banking. Here's the link http://puntodevistaeconomico.wordpress.com and http://puntodevistaeconomico.wordpress.com/tag/free-banking/

  9. avatar JP Koning says:

    Uneasy Money
    Coordination Problem (Horwitz)
    Lars Christensen

  10. avatar Mike Freimuth says:

    If I may engage in some shameless self-promotion, let me throw my humble blog in the ring:

    realfreeradical.com

    I don't have much of a following at the moment and I've been neglecting it but I'm trying to get it going again and I'm a pretty serious supporter of free banking (though I didn't know there was a movement until recently) and there don't seem to be too many of us so we gotta stick together right? So come support me with some thoughtful comments :)

    Also, I agree about the registering/signing in thing, it's very annoying.

    Also, I like Bill Woolsey's blog but despite the title, I don't think he's a free banker. If he is, maybe I'm not so clear on what it is after all (entirely possible).

  11. avatar Keith Weiner says:

    Kurt: sorry for the delay. I blog about gold, silver, money, and credit. I am an unabashed free-marketer and proponent of the gold standard. My blog is: http://keithweiner.posterous.com/

    Today, I just posted Part IV in the Unadulterated Gold Standard series I have been writing for Gold Standard Institute.

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