Peter Boettke har en glimrende post på en af mine favoritblogs når det kommer til økonomi, Austrian Economists. Den handler om hvordan vi igen og igen skal høre på, at den økonomiske krise er resultat af uhæmmede markedskræfter. Han skriver:
Lets be clear about something. We did not just live through a 30 year period of laissez faire that has come to an end. Government got neither smaller in scale or scope. At best the growth of government slowed, but it was never reversed.
Fiscal policy has been irresponsible for at least two generations, monetary policy has been loose in an effort to minimize the short term pain of adjustment. WE ARE CURRENTLY SUFFERING THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE VERY SAME POLICIES WE ARE NOW ADVOCATING TO FIX OUR PROBLEMS. We didn't have an era of complete deregulation and free trade, we had partial deregulations (and attenuated property rights) and managed trade agreements. We have international agencies that promote administrative command/managed capitalism overseas and call it "free market", we have politicians at home that engage in discretionary spending unheard of before who claim to be "fiscal conservatives".
Free market public policy had absolutely NOTHING to do with our current financial crisis, just as the current policy response has absoultely NOTHING to do with free market public policy. In fact, we are responding with public policies that are exactly what caused the problems in the first place. Give me Hayek and Buchanan, and perhaps if we followed their methodological, analytical, and policy prescription the perhaps economics could be revitalized as a scientific discipline and our economy could recover from the current malaise which statism has entrapped us.
Jeg har i øvrigt lagt mærke til, at en del venstreorienterede, også folk jeg kender, fastholder at det var resultat af et ureguleret marked, selv når de ikke kan argumentere for det. Jeg er ikke sikker på om det skyldes dumhed eller uærlighed.
Læs hele indlægget.