Monday, January 26, 2009

Power Versus Knowledge

Arnold KlingWe got into this crisis because power was overly concentrated relative to knowledge. What has been going on for the past several months is more consolidation of power. This is bound to make things worse. Just as Nixon's bureaucrats did not have the knowledge to go along with the power they took when they instituted wage and price controls, the Fed and the Treasury cannot possibly have knowledge that is proportional to the power they currently exercise in financial markets.

-- Arnold Kling, The Political Economy of the Bailout,, 15 October 2008

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