The background and pro and con arguments were written by ProCon.org staff based upon input from the following footnotes (directly referenced) and sources (used for general research and not directly referenced):
Footnotes:
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Ron Paul, Robert P. Murphy, and Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Pillars of Prosperity: Free Markets, Honest Money, Private Property, 2008