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To the Editor of the New-York Times:. All the Judges concurred, each delivering a long opinion in support of the conclusion which has just been announced. The reasons adduced by the Judges may be summed up as follows:.
The United States being in the possession of certain delegated powers, and not being in possession of any powers except such as have been delegated to them, they may "coin money," because the Constitution says they may, but they cannot issue paper, because the Constitution nowhere permits it. The Constitution having prohibited the States from making "anything but gold and silver coin a tender in payment of debts," it follows that the Court of a State cannot make United States paper or any other paper such a tender, or compel a creditor to receive it in satisfaction of a debt.
The act of Congress above alluded to impairs the obligation of contracts, and is therefore unconstitutional. As to the first reason, so long as it remains an open question whether the act of stamping pieces of paper with various emblems and words intended to give them value, is or is not "coining money," so long lawyers and courts will differ among themselves, and so long some of the courts will differ from the Treasury Department of the United States. But the Treasury Department have the printing presses and the paper, and their argument is the argument of the strong. Nine out of ten us do not believe that stamping paper notes is coining money, but in view of the situation of affairs, we conclude not to stand upon the precise meaning of words.
As to the second reason: The States cannot "make anything but gold and silver coin a tender in payment of debts;" that is, the Legislature of a State cannot pass, nor the Courts construe any act to that effect. Does it follow from this that Congress cannot pass such an act? Is not the exclusion of this power from the States virtually its expression somewhere else???
Listen to this episode and hear how we are bringing the heart into money and humanity into the economy. Christian McEwen is a writer, educator, workshop facilitator, and cultural activist. Since leaving New York City twenty years ago, she has edited two anthologies and produced a video documentary, Tomboys! Her book, World Enough and Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down , is now in its sixth printing and is also available in an audio format. Christian grew up in the Borders of Scotland and now lives in western Massachusetts.
Skip to content. Welcome …to the Legal Tender website. Together, they raise awareness about women and money, spark public conversations on the subject, and create opportunities for inspiration and empowerment. You can buy it on her author site. So, as of now, the markets deem that the introduction of the new currency and the maxi-devaluation have reduced the severity of controls that drive a wedge between the official and black-market exchange rate. Moreover, since the black-market premium on foreign exchange is an implicit tax on exports, the reduction in the premium means that the export tax resulting from exchange controls has been reduced.
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The chart below contains 22 countries that have black markets in foreign exchange and for which data are available. This suggests that controls are severe and that an official devaluation will eventually be in the cards. Venezuela is at the bottom of the list, with an unusual negative black-market premium.
This negative premium suggests that market participants think the bolivar will appreciate relative to the greenback, and that individuals are willing to pay a premium to obtain bolivars on the black-market. Just why do countries impose restrictions and controls on foreign exchange markets and restrict free convertibility?
In most cases, controls are seen as a way to cool off hot money and conserve official foreign exchange reserves.
The pedigree of exchange controls can be traced back to Plato, the father of statism. Inspired by Lycurgus of Sparta, Plato embraced the idea of an inconvertible currency as a means to preserve the autonomy of the state from outside interference. So, the temptation to turn to exchange controls in the face of disruptions caused by hot money flows is hardly new. In the modern era, Tsar Nicholas II was the first to pioneer limitations on convertibility.
In , he ordered the State Bank of Russia to introduce a limited form of exchange control to discourage speculative purchases of foreign exchange. The bank did so by refusing to sell foreign exchange, except where it could be shown that it was required to buy imported goods. Otherwise, foreign exchange was limited to 50, German marks per person.