Uncommon Knowledge

Crisis Management with John Taylor

Monday, January 5, 2009

What are the lessons we learned -- and perhaps unlearned -- that permitted the American economy, once so convulsive, to grow in such a robust and sustained way for the last quarter of a century? Economist John Taylor discusses today’s financial crisis, which he labels the most “unusual” crisis since the Great Depression. He identifies a number of factors contributing to the crisis, but locates its origins in the monetary excesses of the Fed. In outlining what the government should and should not do in response to the crisis, he concludes that it will be tragic if we forget all we have learned over the past two and a half decades about the importance of the private sector and the free market. (36:20) Video transcript

Recorded on Monday, December 15, 2008