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SPECTATOR'S JOURNAL A Sound Dollar A cryptic note in a recent issue of National Review was the first mention in the popular press of something currency speculation insiders have known for years:...

...How can currency backed by a government defunct for over a century be sounder than one backed by the government in Washington...
...SPECTATOR'S JOURNAL A Sound Dollar A cryptic note in a recent issue of National Review was the first mention in the popular press of something currency speculation insiders have known for years: The U.S...
...Published remarkably without regard to sex, life-style, race, color, creed, or (most redundantly of all) national origin...
...In short, Indians, no less than the rest of us, reacted as "economic men" to economic stimuli-a lesson which neither socialists nof environmentalists have yet been able to master...
...Shakhnazarov also sees fit to use the upcoming meeting to attack Western capitalism: As for capitalism, the demands of progress are leading everywhere to the need to overcome the social system based on private property and exploitation...
...This solid performance is bound to lead to an even greater flight from the U.S...
...Although the South in the 1930s may have been, in FDR's phrase, "the nation's economic problem number one," Southerners who'd saved their Confederate money were holding a currency appreciating (against a sound U.S...
...He will return next month with ' The Continuing Crisis.'' speculators but ordinary Americans looking for a sounder currency in which to hold their savings...
...And isn't that what academic freedom is all about...
...As the Yankee dollar is eaten away by inflation, Confederate money should begin to attract not just currency * To minimize purely numismatic con siderations, I shall refer here to the prices asked for the garden-variety one-dollar bill printed in Richmond from 1862 to 1864, bearing the portrait of Clement C. Clay, in "average circulated condition...
...KO'L The Ignoble Savage Hard-core environmentalists in recent years have found the American Indian a useful scourge with which to flog the errant rest of us...
...Or, like the "Robber Barons' " most scandalous displays of conspicuous consumption, Indians killed additional thousands of buffalo to take but their skins and horns, leaving the rest to rot...
...And they couldn't do better: Since 1965...
...Unsolicited manuscripts must be accompanied by self-addressed stamped envelopes...
...Power to the Nicaraguan people...
...KO 'L...
...Art Kaufman Coalition for a Democratic Majority Miami Welcomes Somoza The closing days of June saw yet another political demonstration on the Indiana University campus in Bloomington...
...Instead (we mistakenly thought) it was an anti-Somoza, pro-Sandinista affair...
...It didn't have much to do with Somoza after all...
...A NOTE TO OUR READERS R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., is currently on sabbatical doing research for a book on the restaurants of Nicaragua...
...Microfilm editions of The American Spectator are available from Xerox University Microfilms, 200 N. Zeeb Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106...
...SPECTATOR'S JOURNAL (continued from page 2) ties, ideologies, and political systems...
...Grubbs,Jr., Neil Howe, Roger Kaplan, William Kristol, Leslie Lenkowsky, A. James McAdams III, Robert McTiernan, Judy Mathews, William H. Nolte, Terry O'Rourke, Marc F. Plattner, Peter J. Rusthoven, Benjamin Stein Legal Counsel Solitary, Poor, Nasty, Brutish & Short The American Spectator was founded in 1924 by George Nathan and Truman Newberry over a cheap domestic ale in McSorley's Old Ale House...
...None of which is intended by the editors of the "Spectator's Journal" to be taken as encouragement to ravage the environment...
...dollars trading at par-a fact unknown to most Americans and unremarked even in the financial press -and after a period of stability in the late 1950s and early 1960s, the U.S...
...Though many scholars may have an individual interest in simply getting into the Soviet Union, the political scientists from the West who wish to build "bridges of trust and confidence" should understand the point of view of their hosts...
...They have not gone on the gold standard, but there are strict controls on the growth of the money supply, coupled with a fiscal policy which produces a balanced budget every year...
...dollar) at an annual rate averaging nearly 15 percent-doubling in value every five years...
...Instead, it is only one more nail in the coffin of the myth of the Noble Savage...
...dollar to the Confederate...
...It is not unusual, for instance, for unofficial currency exchanges to give slightly different rates for large bills than for small ones, but this discrepancy is very marked for those buying Confederate bills...
...dollar has shown a dramatic long-term decline against Confederate money...
...Hands off Nicaragua...
...An improving and cautionary tale...
...citizens who put their money into Confederate dollars in 1965 have seen them rise against the U.S...
...We found out a few minutes later when the slogans changed: "U.S...
...Shakhnazarov's characterization of the choice of meeting place, it may be said that those scholars who suffer brutality and torture under the Soviet system would hardly agree...
...As we drew closer we found it was none of these...
...No cozying up to reaction this time...
...the Confederate dollar has outperformed even such blue-chips as the German mark, the Swiss franc, and the Japanese yen (Figure III...
...dollar resumed its decline...
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...Death to the Shah...
...What accounts for "the Confederate miracle...
...Colonel' Criswell, whose mailing address is Fort McCoy, Florida, is the current president of the American Numismatic Association, the author of Confederdte and Southern States Currency, and probably the leading specialist in this market...
...It was just another neat bit of anti-American, pro-Marxist political symbolism, crafted by professors and graduate students who draw their pay from the oft-rifled pockets of Hoosier taxpayers...
...dollar at an average annual rate of 7.4 percent, comfortably outpacing the rise in the cost of living (Figure II...
...The end of World War II saw the Confederate and U.S...
...One hopes there will be a good many "reactionaries" at this meeting who will defend not only economic liberty, but political and civil liberty as well...
...It turns out, according to Professors J. Baden, R. Stroup, and W. Thurman of the Center for Political Economy and Natural Resources at MSU, that Indians behaved toward the environment just like everyone else does: In hard times they nurtured and protected it, in good times they wasted and despoiled it...
...still less with freedom for the Nicaraguan people...
...Taking our post-luncheon constitutional, we first heard only the rasp of a portable loudspeaker and the indistinct chant of a crowd, and we wondered what it was this time...
...This may or may not be true...
...All correspondence (manuscripts, subscriptions, threatening letters, federal grants, etc...
...After all, that very morning we had heard on National Public Radio that our government had stepped up pressure on Somoza to resign and had even established formal contact with the Sandinistas, looking to their early coming to power...
...There is, however, no corresponding discount for those buying large U.S...
...Long live the Sandinista freedom fighters...
...So what could possibly be the point of an anti-Somoza demonstration on a peaceful Midwestern university campus...
...Confederate officials aren't saying, but they seem to have learned a lesson from the severe inflation of 1862-1865...
...Foreign air mail rates sent on request...
...Unyielding, at least, and no very good pillar for a viable bridge...
...Though many prominent members of the APSA voiced their disagreement with this decision (as well as with the decision to shun Chicago for its national convention because of the Illinois legislature's failure to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment), the APSA agreed with the Executive Committee of IPSA about the need for building " bridges of trust and confidence between different socie(continued on page 42) It should be noted that there are anomalies in the market for Confederate currency which suggest that amateur investors should proceed with caution...
...As for Mr...
...These and other unexceptionable sentiments floating through the humid air caused us to wonder about the reason for it on such a hot muggy afternoon...
...I am indebted to him for the information on exchange rates reported here...
...Vanover {The author, appearing here under a pseudonym, is a financial wizard also known as the "gnome of Carrboro, " who passes the time on the faculty of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill...
...Remember the vanishing buffalo...
...G. Shakhnazarov, President of the Soviet Association of Political Science and Deputy Chief of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, outlined his view-and therewith the Party view-of the upcoming meeting: This [the decision to hold the meeting in a socialist country] is a manifestation of the growing prestige of Marxist-Leninist social theory...
...Second class postage paid at Bloomington, Indiana, and additional mailing offices...
...J.R...
...Denominations of five dollars and up can sometimes be acquired at substantial discounts-even below par...
...Another anti-nukes...
...Editor-in - Chief R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr...
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...Moscow Conventioneers At its annual business meeting the American Political Science Association {APSA) decided to participate in the World Congress of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) to be held in Moscow this month...
...But now, alas, come three scholars from Montana State University to demonstrate that it is more fable than truth...
...Volume 12, Number 8, August 1979...
...Publisher Baron Von Kannon of the Saturday Evening Club General Manager Ronald E. Burr Managing Editor Steven C. Munson Assistant Managing Editor Erich Eichman Business Manager William B. Head Production Manager K J. Gooderham Executive Secretary Deborah S. Grubb Circulation Manager Janet M. Novey Senior Editors A. Lawrence Chickering, Adam Meyerson, Karl O'Lessker, Kent Owen Art Advisor Sheila Wolfe New York Editor Whit Stillman Americana Editor Joseph P. Duggan Associates Robert Asahina, Jameson G. Campaigne, Jr., John R. Coyne, Jr., Stephen Miller, Alan Reynolds Contributors Aram Bakshian, Jr., Christopher C. DeMuth, Terry Eastland, Jerry Gerde, K.E...
...The first question, however, is not whether a boycott is an effective means of protest, but whether such a meeting in Moscow fulfills the goals of those who seek to participate...
...nickel...
...Other examples of environmental despoliation by our forerunners on this continent include the massive slaughtering of jackrabbits and vast "hunting fires," which blackened millions of acres of plains land each year...
...bills with Confederate money...
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...In announcing the Moscow meeting in Pravda on January 17, 1979, Mr...
...currency offered in exchange...
...In 1967 the Saturday Evening Club took it over, rechristening it The Alternative: An American Spectator...
...Disinvestment in South Africa...
...imperialists...
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...Indians, so the argument goes, had that profound, almost instinctive concern for preserving the natural environment without which they would have been -and we inevitably shall be- doomed...
...Nowadays only out-and-out reactionaries defend the thesis about the perpetuity of capitalism [emphasis mine...
...but by November 1977 the word "alternative" had acquired such an esoteric fragrance that in order to discourage unsolicited manuscripts from florists, beauticians, and other creative types the Club reverted to the magazine's original name...
...Clearly, the Communist leadership views the IPSA meeting in Moscow as an opportunity to enhance the prestige of its party line...
...The leader-with a portable loudspeaker and Spanish accent-was shouting out slogans and two dozen or so sign-carrying marchers were dutifully repeating them...
...Death to the U.S...
...But today, on the specialized exchanges dealing in Confederate currency (like the one run by Colonel Grover Criswell in Florida's Ocala National Forest), a Confederate one-dollar bill costs eight dollars U.S.* The Confederate dollar's remarkable comeback began about the 1920s (Figure I...
...The practice of building socialism and communism, and the course of events in the world constantly supply proof that this theory provides a correct picture of historical development and serves as a reliable instrument for knowing and transforming existing reality for the sake of a better future for mankind [emphasis mine...
...Of those who propose keeping the door open to continued contacts it may be asked: Is it not unrealistic to expect the delegates from the Soviet Union to attend with the openness of mind and the dedication to the free exchange of ideas so necessary to this conference and yet so severely limited by their own government...
...Investors should note that the prices apply regardless of the condition of the U.S...
...Death to Somoza...
...Other advocates of participation suggest that boycotting the World Congress will in no way alleviate the repression of academic, political, and civil rights in the Soviet Union...
...No turning our back on human rights for the sake of American investments...
...Well, it wasn't the white man with his infernal weaponry who contributed most to the buffalo's disappearance, but the red man, whose idea of good sport was to drive the animals by the thousands over cliffs for little more than the sheer fun of it...
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...imperialists out of Nicaragua...
...The Confederate dollar was mere scrap paper in 1865, and even 60 years later could be picked up for a U.S...

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