A Talk on Founding Finance, Occupy, and the Tea Party

I spoke last fall at the Museum of American Finance, on good old Wall Street, reviewing founding-era struggles over finance and economics in the context of the Occupy movement and the Tea Party. Here’s the video.

To focus on what really matters, I look a hell of a lot better in my National Archives video. But whatever.

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5 thoughts on “A Talk on Founding Finance, Occupy, and the Tea Party

  1. My response to your question “Why do we have such a problem talking about founding finances that pitted Americans ( debtor vs. creditor ) against each other? Historians, particularly the early ones, were drawn from the “gentlemen’s” class and it was not considered good taste to bring up such grubby issues. I think Beard’s 19193 classic was the first to broach the topic although he did not frame his economic interpretation of the constitution as Americans pitted against Americans. The real value of your frame is that it explains so much and is relevant to current disputes about finance. for current validation of the relevancy, see who suffered the consequences of the bailouts of 2008 and later: debtors.

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