Chomsky: State intervention common in ‘free market’

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Press TV
Wed, 11 Mar 2009 06:43:13 GMT

Noam Chomsky says that there has always been economic intervention by the state in the so-called free market economy countries.

In an exclusive interview with Press TV, Chomsky was asked why economic analysts did not predict the latest economic crisis.

Chomsky replied that many economists predicted such a crisis in the 1970s after the financialization of the economy.

He went on to say that in the post-World War II era, the Bretton Woods system was established, which allowed currency speculation and huge flows of capital, to the detriment of industrial production.

Chomsky explained that over the past two decades, countries like China experienced breakneck economic growth through export orientation and the rejection of Washington’s neoliberal rules, which surprised economic analysts.

Asked about the recent bailouts in the US and Europe and the fact that state intervention is contrary to a free market economy, Chomsky replied that there has always been economic intervention by the state in rich countries but this was never openly acknowledged.

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