I know it's been a while since I have written anything, but this video is something that everyone should watch. http://www.silverdoctors.com/end-of-the-road-how-money-became-worthless%E2%80%8F-full-film/
I saw it on the Documentary Channel, and DVR'd it so I could watch it at my leisure. Seems it was "the speculators" that were blamed then for going off the gold standard by Nixon (a 'temporary measure') and they're still being blamed today! Anyway, happy watching, it's quite informative.
10 months ago