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Nick Sorrentino: Against Crony Capitalism

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01/13/2017Nick SorrentinoJeff Deist

We've all heard the term crony capitalism, but what does it mean exactly? We know it involves using government to enrich certain interests, through contracts, lobbying, and rent-seeking. But, crony capitalism is far more: it is a systematic distortion of real capitalism, from local restaurants and real estate all the way up to global commodities and FOREX markets. Here to consider all the angles is our guest Nick Sorrentino, proprietor of

Nick and Jeff Deist discuss how huge public companies—think defense giants like Lockheed Martin and Boeing—engage in an obvious form of fiscal cronyism, while Wall Street funds and investment banks engage in what we might call monetary cronyism. And we also discuss how average people reap undue benefits in a million small ways, from selling their homes in artificially overheated markets to making money from small businesses made possible only by bubbles. Is that tech startup really "worth" a $50 million payout to the founders? Thanks to the endless distortions of crony capitalism, we may never know.

Note: The views expressed on are not necessarily those of the Mises Institute.

Nick Sorrentino

Nick Sorrentino is the co-founder and editor of His work has been featured at Chief Executive Magazine, Breitbart,,, Townhall, and The Daily Caller.

Contact Jeff Deist

Jeff Deist is president of the Mises Institute. He previously worked as chief of staff to Congressman Ron Paul, and as an attorney for private equity clients. Contact: email; Twitter.

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