In anticipation of the Ethics & Capitalism class on campus (Econ 414/Pols 414), there has been much debate over the free market and whether the government can, or should, aleviate market swings.  Ayn Rand would have said nyet!

The folks at Reason have both a blog post and a video giving some anecdotal evidence that the government, more often than not, succumbs to political pressure, which costs consumers and makes for a rather messy market: