In the quote of the day, Nassim Nicholas Taleb told CNBC:
The Obama administration’s attempts to fight the financial crisis with more cash is like treating a bad tooth with Novocain instead of a root canal…
Do not delay a root canal. Don’t do piecemeal solutions to a problem that is fundamental.
Taleb’s previous one-liners include:
What is fragile should break early while it is still small.
No socialisation of losses and privatisation of gains.
People who were driving a school bus blindfolded (and crashed it) should never be given a new bus.
Do not let someone making an “incentive” bonus manage a nuclear plant – or your financial risks.
Counter-balance complexity with simplicity.
Do not give children sticks of dynamite, even if they come with a warning .
Only Ponzi schemes should depend on confidence. Governments should never need to “restore confidence”.
Do not give an addict more drugs if he has withdrawal pains.