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In the summer of 1940, under the leadership of Viner and Hansen, the EFG endeavoured to show the economic unfeasibility of this idea:16 the Western Hemisphere project would have required a huge reorientation of the main commercial flows of the United States toward Canada and Latin America. This would not be an easy task: demand for American goods was fairly marginal in both regions, which were mainly oriented to European products; many of the goods and raw materials that Latin America could supply would have displaced, with their low prices, American agricultural output.
Viner stressed that Keynes’s plan seemed to grant an inferior role to gold than White’s plan did and for that reason could be regarded as less acceptable to gold-producing or holding countries. Moreover Viner pointed out that White’s plan, providing the fund with means of payment other than gold, was as able as the Keynes plan to enhance the elasticity of the world liquidity supply and prevent the risk of a new worldwide fall into deep deflation. Inflation, in Viner’s view, was the danger from which neither plan seemed to provide sufficient defense (Viner, 1943, p.
White to Morgenthau, ‘Plan to promote the monetary and industrial use for silver and to make important use of some of our silver assets’ (27 June 1938); College Park, Box 2. htm (accessed 16 March 2009). Rees (1973, p. 104), has an overview based primarily on papers and testimony for US Senate committee hearings in the early 1950s. The quotation is from p. 30 of an unaddressed draft memorandum titled ‘Monetary Policy,’ which White drafted and submitted to Haas on 13 November 1935; College Park, Box 1.