Can the Dead (Capitalism) Be Brought Back to Life? »

I pose this question seriously, not as a physiologist, but as an economic historian. I am provoked to raise the question by an advertisement that Amazon sent me recently, calling my attention a book titled Can Capitalism Survive? Creative Destruction and the Future of the Global Economy. Seeing this sales pitch, my immediate reaction...
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Mommas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Report on the Government’s Financial Reforms »

If you do, they will almost certainly disgrace your family by writing reports that can be interpreted in only two ways: (1) the reporter is a shill for the government, passing off government propaganda as news and analysis; and (2) the reporter is dreadfully incompetent and naïve with regard to government policies. Sad to...
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Fannie Mae’s First Chief Credit Officer Blames Government for Sub-Prime Meltdown »

In an insightful interview, Fannie Mae’s first Chief Credit Officer, Edward Pinto, corroborates our Research Fellow Stan Liebowitz‘s Independent Policy Report, Anatomy of a Train Wreck: Causes of the Mortgage Meltdown. Interviewed by Chip Hanlon, President of Delta Global Advisors, Pinto discusses how the affordable housing/lending lobby chipped away at lending standards until there...
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Big “Duh,” No. 1 »

Here’s a headline no one should be surprised to see: “Political Interference Seen in Bank Bailout Decisions“ (Nor surprised to see Barney Frank the poster boy for such: see also “‘Saturday Night Live’ Lampoons the Bailout“)

“Saturday Night Live” Lampoons the Bailout »

In a recent sketch, NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” (SNL) superbly and hilariously lampoons the $700 billion bailout and the foolishness, deception, and hypocrisy of many of those who support it. However, according to the Los Angeles Times, NBC has since pulled the original version of the segment from the SNL website apparently as a...
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Metaphors Reveal the Economic Ignorance of Politicians and Journalists »

The past few weeks have been a difficult time for economic educators. Never has it been more obvious that all their efforts have been in vain. Neither the politicians nor the journalists, who have been spewing out words at a rapid rate with regard to the so-called financial crisis and the proposed financial bailout, have a...
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