You have to give credit where credit is due. The lead editorial in the Oct. 20 Washington Post didn't declare free-market capitalism dead after the failure of several financial institutions led to massive government intervention - as a front-page story on its Oct. 10 edition declared. Instead, the editorial pointed out the how the market that failed wasn't exactly free to begin with.

"The deregulation of U.S. financial markets did not reflect only the narrow ideology of a particular party or administration," the editorial said. "And the problem with the U.S. economy, more than lack of regulation, has been government's failure to control systemic risks that government itself helped to create. We are not witnessing a crisis of the free market but a crisis of distorted markets."