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Ralph Benko

Ralph Benko

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Ralph Benko serves as senior advisor, economics, for the American Principles Project and a policy advisor to The Heartland Institute. He is an internationally syndicated political columnist and member of the Conservative Action Project.

Benko is editor-in-chief of The Supply Side and, with Charles Kadlec, author of The 21st Century Gold Standard: For Prosperity, Security, and Liberty, and lead co-editor of the Laissez Faire Books edition of Copernicus’s Essay on Money.

Benko wrote The Websters’ Dictionary: How to use the Web to transform the world and was editor of The Lehrman Institute’s gold standard website. He was one of 23 official witnesses before the Reagan Gold Commission, testifying on the constitutional history of American monetary policy. He later was detailed from his career position with the U.S. Department of Energy as a deputy general counsel in the Reagan White House; founded the Prosperity Caucus; and was a member of the original Supply Side movement of which Jack Kemp was principal.

Benko received his B.A. from Amherst College and his J.D. from Boston University Law School and is a member, in retired status, of the New York State bar.

Recent Articles and Publications

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December 14, 2016
By Peter Ferrara, Ralph Benko
This paper -- the fourth in the Roadmap series -- lays out how the gold standard made America great … and why it is essential to making America great again.
December 14, 2016
By Joseph Bast, Ralph Benko, Peter Ferrara, Lewis Uhler
"The new Trump administration has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to turn the nation away from economic stagnation, racial and class division, and socialism and toward economic prosperity, harmony, and freedom." - Joseph Bast

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