The spillover effects of this are going to be HUGE. There’s no way this is going to be confined to the finance sector.
[quote=“NYT”]Alan Greenspan, the former Federal Reserve chairman, said Thursday that the current financial crisis had uncovered a flaw in how the free market system works that had shocked him.
Mr. Greenspan told the House Oversight Committee on Thursday that his belief that banks would be more prudent in their lending practices because of the need to protect their stockholders had proved to be wrong.
[color=#0000FF](Really? Where are the incentives for exercising prudence while gambling with others’ money while secure behind a golden parachute?"[/color]
Mr. Greenspan said he had made a “mistake” in believing that banks operating in their self-interest would be enough to protect their shareholders and the equity in their institutions.
Mr. Greenspan said that he had found “a flaw in the model that I perceived is the critical functioning structure that defines how the world works.”
Mr. Greenspan, who headed the nation’s central bank for 18.5 years, said that he and others who believed lending institutions would do a good job of protecting their shareholders are in a “state of shocked disbelief.”
He said that the current crisis had “turned out to be much broader than anything that I could have imagined.”[/quote]
There’s already a chorus of “gov’t regulations encouraging lending to the poor made us do it”-itis, but I expect a broad and rapid retreat from free market fundamentalism and “government is the problem”-itis. When that happens, where’s the right going to plant its flag? I’m betting that it’ll be right, smack dab in the middle of religion and the culture wars. Gov’t intervention will become popular again (Bush has already laid the ground work), and given the new ideology, it could be a whole lot of fun. Not.