Regulations

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Jeff Harding from Daily Capitalist blog is already calling Obama’s proposal of new financial regulations (which are really more like hints of a proposal) New Deal V. 2.0 (hint – in austro-capitalist land, this is a bad thing).

I’m willing to reserve judgement to see what he wants to passed and what actually gets through Congress, but I share Harding’s general distaste for the thing. If there’s one sure way to screw up regulations, it’s to let the economists draft it and the politicians pass it.

Because I’m reading Taleb (sorry to keep bringing this up), I can’t help thinking that new regulations will not help us deal with the “black swan” that was the financial crisis. Regulation is retrospective and is not likely to help us forsee new problems.

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