The Case for Gold

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The Case for Gold, published in 1982, and a second Mises Institute edition in 2011, is a minority report of the U.S. Gold Commission written by Dr. Ron Paul. The second edition contains a foreword by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr..


Dr. Paul, in his foreword, writes:

"...more and more people are asking if a gold standard will end the financial crisis in which we find ourselves. The question is not so much if it will help or if we will resort to gold, but when. All great inflations end with the acceptance of real money..."[1] [2]

From the Mises Institute Bookstore Description

In 1982, Ron Paul served on the U.S. Gold Commission to evaluate the role of gold in the monetary system. In fact, the Commission was his idea. It was carrying forth a promise made in the Republican platform. Back then, Republicans at least made noises about favoring a Gold standard based on a gold dollar.
Ron couldn't pick the members, so from the beginning, the deck was stacked. The majority was dominated by monetarists, who saw gold as too scarce and paper as just fine. Ron Paul's team was ready, however, with this marvelous minority report.
Rarely has a dissent on a government commission done so much good!
The result was The Case for Gold, and it was the greatest result of the commission. It covers the history of gold in the United States, explains that its breakdown was caused by governments, and explains the merit of having sound money: prices reflect market realities, government stays in check, and the people retain their freedom. The recommendations include re-establishing a gold standard and a gold dollar in addition to permitting monetary competition and the private production of moneys.
The scholarship and rigor impressed even the critics of the minority. Ron and Lewis Lehrman worked with a team of economists that included Murray Rothbard, so it is hardly surprising that such a book would result.
It still holds up as an excellent blueprint for moving beyond paper money and into the age of sound money. In particular, Ron favors complete monetary freedom to use any commodity as money, to make contracts in any money, and an end to the monopolization and printing power of the Federal Reserve.
There is a strong piece of history in this book. Not since the 19th century has a political figure made such a sweeping and devastating case for radical monetary reform. This congressman ran circles around even the experts at the Fed. A dazzling performance indeed, and an inspiring and learned book. This remains the best possible case for a gold dollar and monetary freedom in print in our times.[3]


Foreword to the Second Edition
  1. The Present Monetary Crisis
  2. A History of Money and Banking in the United States Before the 20th Century
  3. Money and Banking in the United States in the 20th Century
  4. The Case for Monetary Freedom
  5. Real Money: The Case for the Gold Standard
  6. The Transition to Monetary Freedom
  7. The Next 10 Years

See also


  1. The Case for Gold, Foreword by Ron Paul (2011).
  2. The Case for Gold The Cato Institute (1982)
  3. The Case for Gold in the Mises Institute Store.