George Reisman makes a compelling case that laissez faire capitalism is not the cause of our current financial setbacks. He also has another article from the summer that begins wondering if Obama is an American version of Hugo Chavez.
More articles and books regarding these type of issues can be found at the Ludwig von Mises Institute website. If you are serious about learning about the soundness of money systems, why private property rights are important, and why free market economies are vital to our liberties and financial well-being as individuals and nations, look around their site some more.
Educators should not miss this website and its resources.