Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Jim Rogers: more banks should have failed

As the one-year anniversary of Lehman Brothers' collapse arrives, some in the mainstream press (who neither anticipated the financial bust or understood its true causes when it actually transpired) have taken it upon themselves to educate their audience on the "lessons of the Lehman Brothers collapse".

The problem, of course, is that these "lessons" tend to (predictably) advance all sorts of blatantly wrong ideas through their misreading of history (eg, Andrew Mellon and his cohorts triggered the collapse of the 1930s), faulty conclusions drawn in advance (the bailouts worked, saving us from a second Great Depression!), and plain ignorance of sound economic principles.

So what are the real lessons to have learned from last year's financial crisis and the collapse of Lehman Brothers? Jim Rogers joins CNBC to offer his consistently-held view: not only should Lehman have failed, more banks should have failed with it. Watch the clip for more.