The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure: Why Pure Capitalism Is the World Economy's Only Hope

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9780071806787: The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure: Why Pure Capitalism Is the World Economy's Only Hope

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A banking veteran provides the answer for rebuilding our economy -- extreme free market capitalism.

The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure argues against current financial regulations and proposes a cure to the economy's ills. John A. Allison presents the groundbreaking theory that capitalism is the only economic-political system that allows freedom of thought and rewards those who offer the most productive ideas, products, and services.

Under Allison's watch, Branch Banking & Trust -- one of the nation's largest financial services companies -- grew from $4.5 billion to $152 billion in assets. In this book he puts his knowledge and experience together to get this nation back on the road to financial stability.

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Amazon Exclusive: Post-Election Commentary from Author John A. Allison

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.

About the Author:

John A. Allison is the former chairman and CEO of Branch Banking and Trust Corporation. He currently serves as a distinguished professor at the Wake Forest University School of Business. He is an inductee of the North Carolina Business Hall of Fame.

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