The Currency of Politics w/ Stefan Eich
This series features Stefan Eich, assistant professor of government at Georgetown University, and covers his book The Currency of Politics: The Political Theory of Money from Aristotle to Keynes.
Discusses the history of money, the relationship between war and currency, and much more through the time of John Locke.
Focuses on the oft-overlooked work of Johann Gottlieb Fichte, state experimentation with fiat currencies in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, parallels with modern crypto currencies, and MMT.
After touching on the gold standard as it existed in the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as the paper money/specie relationship at the time, the crew gets into the work of John Maynard Keynes. They talk about his response to the Treaty of Versailles, his time at the UK’s India Office, his focus on central banks, the Second Thirty Years War, and more.
More episodes coming soon!