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December 2009

Dispelling The “Capitalism Failed” Myth

Written by , Posted in Economics & the Economy, Government Meddling

This won’t be the first time the subject has been discussed on this blog, but the determination of many to paint last year’s financial implosion as a failure of capitalism requires diligence and constant restatement of the truth. The truth is exactly what Steven Horwitz and Peter Boettke bring in their new report, “The House that Uncle Same Built: The Untold Story of the Great Recession of 2008,” published by the Foundation for Economic Education.

From the introduction:

The theme of “The House that Uncle Sam Built: The Untold Story of the Great Recession of 2008” is that government policy, not a failure of free markets, caused the economic trauma we have been experiencing. We do not live in a free market. We live in a mixed economy. The mixture varies by industry. Technology is primarily free. Financial Services is primarily government. It is not surprising that the most government regulated and controlled segment of the economy, financial services, experienced the biggest problems. These problems were created by actions by the Federal Reserve combined with government housing policy (especially the government-sponsored enterprises – Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae). Misguided government interference in the market is the real culprit in laying the foundation for the Great Recession.

The entire essay is available as a pdf here.

Hat-tip: The Locker Room