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Money View Reading Group

Money View Reading Group

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January 14, 2025 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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The Money View Reading Group reads and discusses writings (mostly books) on money, banking, and finance. We are a self-directed group. Anyone interested in money and banking can read the readings, join us for discussions, or suggest future readings.

We usually meet via Zoom every other Tuesday at 12 pm Eastern Time US (New York).

Current Reading

A Political Theory of Money by Anush Kapadia (2024)


From the description:

Understanding money’s nature as political, institutional, and material answers today’s big money questions. Money remains a foundational question of social theory. What is money? Why does something so insubstantial have value? How do money systems make promises function like valuable things? Why are money systems always hierarchical yet variable? The answer, the book argues, is politics.

Upcoming Sessions

2024-02-20 — 12:00pm EST

We discuss the first four chapters of Anush Kapadia’s A Political Theory of Money.

Chapter 1: Money Anchored to the Future
Chapter 2: The Money Fetish: Making Promises into Things
Chapter 3: Bending, Not Breaking: Monetary Sovereignty and the Survival Constraint
Chapter 4: Mystical Kernel within the Rational Shell: The Banking School’s Residual Chartalism

2024-03-05 — 12:00pm EST

We discuss chapters 5-7 of Anush Kapadia’s A Political Theory of Money.

Chapter 5: Between Currency and Credit: Mehrling’s Money View
Chapter 6: There Is No Such Thing as Fiat Money
Chapter 7: Coherence: Why Money Is Not Value

2024-03-19 — 12:00pm EDT

We discuss the last five chapters of Anush Kapadia’s A Political Theory of Money.

Chapter 8: National Money versus Shadow Banking: Contradictions of a Public-Private Credit System
Chapter 9: A World without World Money
Chapter 10: Proof of Institutions: Cryptocurrences as Digital Fiat Money
Chapter 11: Europe and Democratic Funding
Chapter 12: Democratic Sovereignty Makes Money

2024-03-26 — 9:00am EDT

Anush Kapadia joins us to discuss A Political Theory of Money.

Future Suggested Readings

  • The Money Illusion by Scott Sumner (2021)
  • The Wheels of Commerce by Fernand Braudel (selected chapters) (1979/1982)
  • An Engine, Not a Camera: How Financial Models Shape Markets by Donald MacKenzie (2007)
  • Introduction to Central Banking by Ulrich Bindseil and Alessio Fota (2021)
  • The Arena of International Finance by Charles Coombs (1976)
  • Central Banking Before 1800: A Rehabilitation by Ulrich Bindseil (2019)
  • The Chairman: John J. McCloy & The Making of the American Establishment by Kai Bird (1992)

Past Readings with Discussion Recordings

“Off-Week” Sessions

2023-04-05 Discussion of Silicon Valley Bank
2023-04-19 Institutional Cash Pools by Zoltan Pozsar (2011)
2023-05-03 BIS Bulletin #73: Stablecoins vs. Tokenized Deposits (May 3, 2023)
2023-07-05 The Credit–Money Hierarchy: a Republican , Egalitarian Appraisal by Aaron James (2023)
2023-07-26 Public Purpose Finance: The Government’s Role as Lender by Nadav Orian Peer (2020)
2023-10-24 Money and the Public Debt by Lev Menand and Joshua Younger (2023) | 1
2023-10-31 Money and the Public Debt by Lev Menand and Joshua Younger (2023) | 2
2023-11-14 ICMA Repo FAQ by Richard Comotto (2013/2019)
2023-11-28 Basis Trades and Treasury Market Illiquidity by Daniel Barth & Jay Kahn (2020)
2024-01-23 Capital flows and the current account by Borio and Disyatat (2015)
2024-02-13 The dual currency system of Renaissance Europe by Luca Fantacci (2008)

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