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The 2012 election has reinforced for me that the U.S. has a simple choice – return to the principles that made us great or face economic decay and social unrest. One of the reasons I wrote my book is because it seemed to make sense to have someone who had an inside and comprehensive understanding of the causes of our financial problems to comment on the issue. In the aftermath of the recent election, it’s even more important for the public and policy makers to understand what drove the financial crisis and what choices we must make to revitalize our economy.
The media and other statists have created a myth that the financial crisis was caused by banking deregulation and greed on Wall Street. However, banks were not deregulated. In fact, three major new regulations were passes during the Bush Administration: The Privacy Act, The Patriot Act, and Sarbanes-Oxley. Banks were misregulated, not deregulated. Also, there has always been plenty of greed (and fear) on Wall Street. However, there is not one shred of evidence there was a greed plague that swept the Street.
The financial crisis and failed recovery were primarily caused by government policy. The two main culprits were errors made by the Federal Reserve and government housing policy, specifically as executed by Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, the giant government-sponsored enterprises that would never have existed in a free market.
My book, The Financial Crisis and The Free Market Cure covers this and other economic myths and misunderstanding such as the “shadow” banking system, fair value accounting, Pick-a-Payment mortgages and the like. However, as interesting as the economic discussion is, the real solution for our financial problems is philosophical and the cure was espoused by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence: “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”
People on all sides of the political spectrum defend liberty, but few people understand why liberty is essential to human well-being. Government regulations put “balls and chains” on innovators and entrepreneurs and thereby, slow and eventually stop progress. Given man’s nature, socialism and communism are doomed to failure.
So, again, I say, the US has a simple choice: The laws of mother nature and human nature are not subject to popularity or political whim. Capitalism or decline. You choose.
“As Allison is no ordinary public intellectual this is no ordinary book. It is a reform blueprint with deep integrity. . . . Allison brings thoughtful solutions to the problems besetting both the banking industry and the American economy. . . . An excellent resource to advance the renewal of equitable prosperity." (Forbes.com)
"[A] landmark work." (The Weekly Standard)
”The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure doesn’t shy away from laying bare the alarming details, but it also offers practical advice for today’s leaders in the form of an electrifying analysis. In the end, it’s a call to arms for a nation on the brink."(TheBlaze.com)
Mr. Allison writes a tour de force that really captures the true causes of the 2008 financial crisis. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Christopher L Hollinger
Outstanding book ! John Allison clearily dissects what are the primaries versus its consequences. Ultimately, it was the philosophy of altruism and pragmatism which led to the... Read morePublished 11 days ago by EG
If you're concerned about the markets and public policy--a good read.Published 1 month ago by Jerry Noffel
This book tells something of what happened to the American economy since 2008, somewhat earlier for that matter. Read morePublished 1 month ago by James C. Casterline
This book provides many good examples of how good intentions nearly caused an economic cataclysm. It is thought- provoking and provides many details on how a better, more free... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tim Maroney
The author does a great job of explaining the Finanical Crisis from his point of view. If the reader is looking for a balanced look you need to look elseware. Read morePublished 2 months ago by hiker1
Outstanding - should be required in all high schools and collegesPublished 2 months ago by John W. Lewis
Quite unconvincing about how to keep the "crony" out of "capitalism." For that reason, it reads more like a Utopia or a story set in an alternate universe.Published 2 months ago by Roger Wm. Bennett