So Sarko chimes in on the financial crisis with the following economically and historically illiterate remark:
Self-regulation as a way of solving all problems is finished. Laissez-faire is finished. The all-powerful market that always knows best is finished.
I hereby give Sarko an F.
In economics? In history?
Hell no, he’s not getting off that easily. The man doesn’t know how to use the phrase laissez-faire; I’m giving him an F in French.
Didn’t he use it as an American would?
So, whatever happened to the French liberal movement? How did it go from the country where the very term “laissez-faire” was coined, to where classical liberal ideas are almost non-existent?
A while back, Anthony de Jasay had an essay where he said that “in French ‘liberal’ is a pejorative word, often meant as an insult, and liberalism is a farrago of obsolete fallacies that only the stupid or the dishonest have the audacity to profess.”
I don’t know if it’s quite *that* bad, but still, one wonders what happened.