Reading a premature obituary of himself, Mark Twain remarked that reports of his death had been greatly exaggerated.

The same is true of free market capitalism.

Politicians have been quick to blame “deregulated” financial markets for the cash crisis.

That is the very opposite of truth, which is that, far from being “deregulated”, the financial markets are the most tightly regulated sector of the world economy, but the regulators – including the politicians themselves – were about ten years behind the game.

More importantly, it is free enterprise which will eventually drag the world out of recession, if and when we are allowed to do so.

Entrepreneurs have a natural drive to create wealth. Banks can finance that drive, but, where that drive does not exist, banks, especially nationalised banks, can do nothing to initiate growth.

So it is a failure of state regulation that got us into this mess and the free markets are our best hope of getting out of it.

Those who have always been reluctant to accept that they were on the wrong side of the Cold War should not be too quick to resume their old allegiances.


October 22. 2008 07:45


I agree with you on the idea of market regulation and adding some standards. But the question remains... is the current market mature enough to take such decision


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