Be Very Afraid: The ‘Experts’ Are Running the Economy
by Thomas E. Woods, Jr.
The free market did not cause the financial crisis, and the Elmer’s glue and Scotch tape our wise leaders have applied to the economy are only prolonging the agony. That’s the thesis of my 2009 New York Times bestseller, Meltdown.
That’s not a popular thing to say in Bloomington, I learned several months ago.
When Young Americans for Liberty at IU hit a bureaucratic stone wall in trying to invite me to campus – a problem I can’t say I’ve run into at any other university – the local media took notice. But it was the comment sections that were a particular hoot. It was as though I had insulted Stalin in the old Soviet Union. Who does this idiot think he is? How dare he speak of our wise overlords that way! Why, they’re just looking out for the good of the people! And so on, as if I’d stumbled into some kind of cliché competition.
Then, when the university reversed itself and even helped fund my appearance, the comments switched to, “If I had time, I’d go over there and set this guy straight!” Uh-huh. The large crowd that came to hear me a couple weeks ago couldn’t have been friendlier.