Alas, though, unfortunately, and characteristically, he blows it at the end, with this asinine comment.
Some misguided souls will blame the free market for this.
Nothing could be further from the truth. One of the legitimate roles of government is to protect property rights, prevent fraud, and level the playing field so that everyone has an equal chance and equal protection under the law.
Instead, we have rules, procedures, and taxpayer bailouts specifically designed to make sure the playing field is not level. This is not a free-market concept and desperately needs to change.
While the last paragraph has a lot of credence, Mish ignores the simple fact that this failure of regulation has allowed what "free markets" will always accomplish: property rights protected only for those with the most property, fraud of every stripe and color, unequal playing fields, chances favoring the privileged, and legal protection skewed toward the rich.
As always, when ideology collides with reality, it is reality that must become the movable object.