Britain Should Start "Easing" Government Stranglehold on the Economy
By Alex Epstein (Sunday Telegraph, March 8, 2009)
Responding to a crisis caused by the inflationary policies of central banks, the Bank of England has decided to generate still more inflation, just in a different form: "quantitative easing." And so Britain, along with the rest of the world, continues to fight fire with petrol.
If Britain really wants to solve its financial crisis, why doesn't it start "easing" the government stranglehold on the economy that caused this mess? What about stripping away housing restrictions that prevented supply from keeping up with demand? What about slashing the massive government spending that crowds out private ventures? What about ending the policy of propping up insolvent financial institutions, a policy that only freezes taxpayers' capital?
And what about calling for an international free banking system and gold standard that would make a credit crisis like today's impossible?