Economist and professor Russ Roberts and TV producer John Papola have masterminded another hip-hop battle between all-star economists Keynes and Hayek. Check out the philosophical throwdown, including these lines that nicely sum up the competing world views.
I want real growth not just a series of bubbles. Let's stop bailing out losers and let prices work. If we don't try to steer them, they won't go berserk.
Come on, Are you kidding? Don't Wall Street's gyrations challenge your world view of self-regulation? Even you must admit that the lesson we've learned, is more oversight's needed or else we'll get burned.
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Every time we have an expansion, the strength of that expansion — not just GDP, but jobs, production, broad sales numbers, broad income numbers — on every count of these key points and indicators, the strength is weaker and weaker with each expansion.
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