Comparing the stablecoins of today with the free banks of the past is a category error. Stablecoin issuers are not lending against collateral, they are selling chips to punters who want to play on the crypto casino. The correct model for stablecoins is thus casinos, not banks.
the fact that banks of the past issued their own banknotes backed by gold reserves is interesting but not remotely relevant to the stablecoin phenomenon. Issuing notes was not their primary purpose. But issuing tokens is the ONLY purpose of a stablecoin issuer.
Whether Zhang and Gorton's paper got the history of free banking right is neither here nor there. What is clearly incorrect is applying a free banking model to stablecoins, as Nic Carter attempts to do.

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