by BILL FREZZA
A debate is raging among free market advocates regarding the proper posture to take with respect to Too Big to Fail (TBTF) banks. This has become an increasingly important issue as the financial sector has grown to take up an unprecedented share of our economy.
While cleaving to tried-and-true libertarian defenses of finance as vital to the economy, some of us fear that the machinations of the crony capitalists running the TBTF banks�in cahoots with their allies in the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve�will result in not only another global financial collapse, but a populist anti-capitalist backlash that could destroy what�s left of our free enterprise system.
But before we can tackle this problem, we must figure out what is really going on. In all public policy debates, perceptions matter, and public perceptions are often driven by the leading narratives that gain cultural acceptance. Let�s look at what these are.
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