Tim Carney is our colleague at AEI. He has long done excellent work on crony capitalism.
I remember sitting in my car in college listening to Howard Stern on the radio before class sometime in 2000. Howard and his crew were talking about the stock market which was roaring. The Tech Bubble was in full effect. The sky was the limit. If you weren’t in the market you were losing out. It was a similar vibe to the Housing Bubble which would emerge only a few years later.
Stern took a call from a listener.
The caller, who sounded like he might have been on the tail end of a serious bender explained in candid terms that he was affiliated with some unsavory characters and that he and his unsavory friends were manipulating the market up. He said there was little under the prices of many of the stocks which were rising at breakneck speed.
In a few months we would see how right that caller was.
This is from the Huffington Post via HigherPerspective.com.
Tech is pretty much the least regulated part of our economy. Is it any wonder why such miracles have been born? Just imagine the innovation which could be released in other parts of the economy if we allowed it.
The natural tendency is for prices to fall for consumers in a free economy. In a restricted and managed economy the goal is always to have at least a bit of inflation. That way the debt game keeps rolling.
So the Kochs are going to spend a billion (on think tanks, etc.) in the next election. You know what? I don’t care.
Why Nick? You’re against crony capitalism. Super rich guys spending money on elections doesn’t concern you?
On one level it does. One should always keep a close eye on anyone throwing money around in the political sphere. If the Kochs ever try to buy a law for their benefit, if they ever posture for a crony handout paid for by the taxpayers we will be the first to highlight them.
But it’s not like the Kochs are trying to get the state to work on their behalf. They aren’t trying to leverage the power of the government for their ends.They aren’t like Tom Styer for instance, the biggest political giver of the last cycle who wants specific legislation enacted which will benefit his bottom line in addition to his political aims. The Kochs simply want a smaller state and that in my book is a very admirable thing.
As we have noted for a while, the Ultimate Crony Capitalist state, China, is seeing very rough waters economically. A massive property bubble (and bust) fueled by Keynesian shortsightedness, not unlike the one we experienced here a few years ago, but much bigger is gripping the country. The Chinese dream is “maturing.” For the first time since emerging from the insanity of Mao the PRC is experiencing real economic pain.
This op-ed was written by a colleague of mine in San Francisco, Bill Shireman. His organization, Future 500 is a client.
I have written a number of times about the City by the Bay at ACC. It is a fascinating place. A refuge for the weird and for the rich and for the weird and rich. Jammed onto the tip of a peninsula, space is at a serious premium. Throw in a government which is very very “liberal” and all sorts of strange economic phenomena occur.
It’s hard to start a business. It takes skill, capital, tolerance of risk, and just good old hard work. Layer the red tape on top of all the things a business owner must contend with in the marketplace these days and it’s not surprising that we are losing more businesses than we are creating as an economy.
Murray N. Rothbard explains in 3 minutes why it is that when economic downturns happen the government should just get out of the way. Let prices correct, the pain will be short and sharp but then life will go on, typically in a more prosperous manner.
Tyler Cowen is considered one of the most influential market oriented economists in the world. He heads the increasingly important Mercatus Center at George Mason University just outside of Washington DC and his website A Marginal Revolution is widely read. I once heard him speak at a Students for Liberty conference where he was warmly received by 250 fire breathing young activists. Cowen has serious free market credibility. That’s why it is frustrating to see Dr.Cowen heaping praise on perhaps the most destructive economist to tread terra firma, JM Keynes.
You think The Camp David Accords were Jimmy Carter’s only triumph? Well he has another – the end of the prohibition of home brewed beer. This law (no executive order needed) allowed the birth of the microbrew revolution. Truly, the world is a better and tastier place for this act of liberalization. I’ll raise an IPA to Jimbo.
It’s easy to forget in this time of political correctness, in this time of regulated EVERYTHING, in this time of Black Friday sales, and Oprah Winfrey Shows, airbags, and helicopter parents that this country used to be a very rough and tumble place – and it wasn’t all bad. Indeed America was a blank canvas for many, full of opportunity as much as peril. America was a place where peasants came and carved out a living, in the hopes of achieving much more than just a living. Some, many, of them achieved real wealth. Something which could never have been achieved in Europe where society was stratified and barriers to entry of all sorts abounded.
Adelson has a giant checkbook. He has done very well over the years as the head of Las Vegas Sands. That is why nearly every GOP presidential hopeful (except Rand Paul) went to Las Vegas earlier this year to see if they could wrangle some of the magnate’s largess. Kiss the ring and then perhaps political funding will be showered upon you. A jackpot of sorts. Adelsohn is in the business of “jackpots.”
For the bankers the main issue is who will keep the current implied bailout regime in place? Who will let the Federal Reserve do what it does without criticism? Who will keep the light from shining on them? Who won’t question the current system of debt piled on debt piled on debt. Who will happily do The Street’s bidding?
Hey Hillary, you’re “pragmatic.” You look pretty good. Here’s $100 million. Now go knock em’ dead.
C.J. Prince, the author of this article does an excellent job of examining crony capitalism and the associated dangers to the economy. Crony capitalism does indeed hurt us all. Even Boeing and GE will likely be hurt in the long run. If the USA becomes a truly cronyist economy growth will limp along (if we are lucky), dynamism within the economy will suffer from lack of oxygen, wealth will slowly erode away from the middle class, and we will wake up one day and find ourselves outclassed by freer economies in other parts of the world.
The American Dream is being chased out of America by the cronies.