Emergence and Markets

By: Sunday March 23, 2014 10:30 am

Hayek and his followers, neoliberals all, believe that markets should be constructed in such a way that the only consideration is financial efficiency, meaning that the rich get richer, and all externalities of production and consumption are ignored. Who really needs the Gulf of Mexico or the Ogallala Aquifer, when BP and Koch Industries want to drill, drill, drill and move that bitumen.

 

Anarcho-Capitalism Versus Market Competition

By: Sunday March 2, 2014 10:40 am

Competition makes for good markets. Anarcho-Capitalism loathes competition. Guess what we have in the best of all possible economies?

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Jeff Connaughton, The Payoff: Why Wall Street Always Wins

By: Sunday October 21, 2012 1:59 pm

Jeff Connaughton has authored a powerful, and chilling insider’s perspective on the financial crisis and the pathetic governmental response to it. The second part of his title sums up the result and the first half explains why Wall Street always wins. Many, perhaps most Americans are likely to agree with both parts of Connaughton’s title so this book will not transform the public’s view of the issues. The public largely has this set of issues correct. Connaughton gives the readers unique access to the facts because he had a front row seat to many of the key discussions and he has the analytical abilities and expertise to explain the significance of those facts.

Chavez Re-Election Shows How Media Does Not Like It When Washington Consensus Loses

By: Monday October 8, 2012 12:00 pm

Hugo Chavez was elected to a fourth term on October 7. The victory immediately set off a flurry of United States media reports noting alleged inequities in Venezuelan elections that permit Chavez to continue to hold power.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Bernard Harcourt, The Illusion of Free Markets: Punishment and the Myth of Natural Order

By: Sunday July 24, 2011 1:59 pm

It is a pleasure and an honour to introduce Professor Bernard Harcourt to the Lake for a discussion of The Illusion of Free Markets: Punishment and the Myth of the Natural Order. The book advances several claims that go to the heart of libertarian ideology. For FDL readers probably the most important claim holds that belief in the efficacy of unregulated markets naturally to secure maximum economic and social well-being has as its counterpart the assertion that the role of government is properly confined to the spheres of criminal justice, national defense, and the protection of private property. Harcourt considers it no coincidence (Comrade, as we used to say in my cell), that the nation where free-market ideology is most pervasive has the world’s highest rates of penal incarceration by an order of magnitude, and that the rising incarceration rate since the mid-1970s is synchronous with the ascendance of an exceptionally rabid free-market ideology.

There is a deeper set of intellectual issues at play, however. What exactly do we mean by ’free markets’?

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