Monday, April 14, 2008

Hoover's Attack on Laissez-Faire (Murray Rothbard)

Murray Rothbard on the terrible Herbert Hoover and his inept attempts at preventing the depression:

If government wishes to alleviate, rather than aggravate, a depression, its only valid course is laissez-faire — to leave the economy alone. Only if there is no interference, direct or threatened, with prices, wage rates, and business liquidation will the necessary adjustment proceed with smooth dispatch.

Any propping up of shaky positions postpones liquidation and aggravates unsound conditions. Propping up wage rates creates mass unemployment, and bolstering prices perpetuates and creates unsold surpluses.

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