Silvio Gesell

1862 - 1930

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Johann Silvio Gesell (German: [ɡəˈzɛl]; 17 March 1862 – 11 March 1930) was a German-Argentine economist, merchant, and founder of Freiwirtschaft. His economic prescriptions fit within the anti-capitalist free market framework of Liberal socialism. In 1900 he founded the magazine Geld-und Bodenreform (Monetary and Land Reform), but it soon closed for financial reasons. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Silvio Gesell has received more than 177,297 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 26 in 2019). Silvio Gesell is the 83rd most popular economist (up from 88th in 2019), the 124th most popular biography from Belgium (up from 125th in 2019) and the most popular Belgian Economist.

Silvio Gesell was a German economist and social activist who proposed a system of money called "free money" which would be issued by the state. The amount of free money would be determined by the amount of goods and services produced by the economy. Gesell believed that this system would cause the price of goods to drop, increase demand, and lead to a stable economy.

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Among economists, Silvio Gesell ranks 83 out of 315Before him are Reinhard Selten, Richard Thaler, James Mill, James M. Buchanan, Edmund Phelps, and John Harsanyi. After him are Gottfried Feder, W. Arthur Lewis, Eugen Dühring, Thomas Mun, Jean-Claude Trichet, and Leonid Hurwicz.

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Among people born in 1862, Silvio Gesell ranks 28Before him are Cecilia Bowes-Lyon, Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne, Mori Ōgai, Nikolai Yudenich, Siegbert Tarrasch, Gustav Ritter von Kahr, and Victor, Prince Napoléon. After him are Helene Schjerfbeck, Daniel Swarovski, Edith Wharton, Prince Henry of Prussia, Mary Kingsley, and Aurel Stein. Among people deceased in 1930, Silvio Gesell ranks 24Before him are Victoria of Baden, Ahmad Shah Qajar, Arthur Balfour, Siegfried Wagner, Prince Leopold of Bavaria, and Sakichi Toyoda. After him are Adolf von Harnack, Wilfrid Voynich, Otto Mueller, Archduchess Elisabeth Franziska of Austria, Leopold Auer, and Adolf Engler.

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In Belgium

Among people born in Belgium, Silvio Gesell ranks 124 out of 899Before him are Auguste Perret (1874), Petrus Plancius (1552), Pieter Coecke van Aelst (1502), Marguerite Porete (1250), Charles Theodore, Elector of Bavaria (1724), and Ermengarde of Hesbaye (778). After him are Bartholomeus Spranger (1546), Henri, Count of Paris (1933), Jacques Arcadelt (1507), Henry VI, Count of Luxembourg (1240), Félicien Rops (1833), and Alfred I, Prince of Windisch-Grätz (1787).

Among ECONOMISTS In Belgium

Among economists born in Belgium, Silvio Gesell ranks 1After him are Gustave de Molinari (1819), Philippe Van Parijs (1951), and Bernard Lietaer (1942).