News hit the wires over the weekend that the Republic of Cyprus would begin stealing money from depositors in order to resurrect confidence in its flailing banking system. They want to avoid a crisis, in other words, by creating exactly the kind of uncertainty in which crises thrive.
“More likely,” observes Laissez Faire Books’ Jeffrey Tucker, “the plan to tax all Cyprian bank deposits 6.75-10% will trigger one. Or maybe just the talk of it already has. We can’t know for sure, because the government of Cyprus has declared a banking ‘holiday,’ a term that means that the robbers take a vacation from being held accountable for their actions.[Read more...]