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How Would You Simplify the Financial-Reform Bill? A Freakonomics Quorum – Freakonomics Blog – NYTimes.com

HatTip to Dave Lull

Nassim Nicholas Taleb is the author of The Black Swan. He is at work on a paper called “Why Did the Crisis of 2008 Happen?” (Links to NNT pdf)

“The captain goes down with the ship…”

Time to realize that capitalism is not about free options. The captain goes down with the ship — all captains and all ships — making everyone involved in risk-bearing accountable, no exception, none. Morally, legally, whatever can be done. That includes the Nobel (Bank of Sweden), the academic establishment, the rating agencies, forecasters, bank managers, etc.

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