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The Cobden Centre has been established to promote social progress through honest money, free trade and peace. We are named after Richard Cobden, the MP credited with establishing free trade in the general interest and who said:
I hold all idea of regulating the currency to be an absurdity; the very terms of regulating the currency and managing the currency I look upon to be an absurdity; the currency should regulate itself; it must be regulated by the trade and commerce of the world; I would neither allow the Bank of England nor any private banks to have what is called the management of the currency...

Recent articles

A Salvo in the Battle for the Gold Standard

1 March 15 by Keith Weiner

I wrote what I thought was a fairly simple article for Forbes on Tuesday. I noticed that some people really got it, and they were very excited. However, others were skeptical or asking questions that went into the weeds. The former tells me that I said something important, but the latter says that I […]


When?

 by Tim Price

“We are all at a wonderful ball where the champagne sparkles in every glass and soft laughter falls upon the summer air. We know, by the rules, that at some moment the Black Horsemen will come shattering through the great terrace doors, wreaking vengeance and scattering the survivors. Those who leave early are saved, but […]


BITCOIN: THE MONETARY TOUCHSTONE

26 February 15 by John Butler

[Editor’s Note: this piece, by John Butler from March 2014, is now very relevant again with legal authorities and central banks currently looking at this area closely.]

Created in 2008 by the mysterious ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’, in the past few months bitcoin has gone from a fringe financial technology topic to a mainstream media phenomenon. […]


Macro & Market Update

25 February 15 by Sean Corrigan

[This piece can be seen at Sean’s blog here http://truesinews.com/2015/02/17/macro-market-update/]

More than half a century ago, in his role as an advisor to the men responsible for trying to set Taiwan on the road to prosperity, a redoubtable economist called Sho-Chie Tsiang argued that the monetary authorities should stop suppressing interest rates and directly rationing […]


Steve Baker MP at Treasury Select Committee Tuesday 24th Feb

 by The Cobden Centre

Steve Baker MP’s contributions at the latest Treasury Select Committee meeting can be seen here. Steve’s section starts at 11:25:00.