Indeed it is. Central planning always fails and make no mistake in many ways our economic system is “planned.” Not in the sense that it was planned in the Soviet Union but planned and controlled by the Federal Reserve through the manipulation of interest rates. The Fed creates malinvestment by trying to juice the economy. People over invest with cheap credit on office buildings, homes, cars, infrastructure projects and so on. Then when the reality of the economy hits this juiced economic situation failure occurs broadly. Then we have a recession.
Then we start all over again.
Free markets, free prices, adjust on an ongoing basis and as such mitigate large swings in the economy. However central banks always try to slow (if not stop) this adjustment process. This, over time creates instability and exacerbates economic swings. Central banks don’t protect us from recessions, they create them.
I think the problem is all in semantics. When they say they oppose today’s capitalism, I oppose today’s so-called capitalism. I don’t even like the world “capitalism,” I like “free markets.” But if you say “free markets” and “capitalism” together, we don’t have that. We have interventionism. We have a planned economy, we have a welfare state, we have inflationism, we have central economic planning by a central bank, we have a belief in deficit financing. It is so far removed from free-market capitalism that it’s foolish for people to label it free market and capitalize on this and say: “We know it’s so bad. What we need is socialism.” That is a problem.
That is a problem in definitions and understanding of what kind of policies we have. I am a champion of free markets, but not of the current system that we have today. I am highly critical of it, because it is designed to fail. It is designed to reward the rich; it is designed inevitably to destroy the middle class, and also to finance some of the worst things in government: all the deficits with the welfare state and for the warfare state. So yes, it’s failing. People should reject what we have, but they shouldn’t reject liberty and freedom and sound economic policies, because that is not the problem. The problem is we don’t have enough free markets.
Exactly Dr. Paul.