Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Quiet Coup

Please check out this article in The Atlantic by a former chief economist at the IMF.

Fellow Americans, you have been duped long enough. Considering to whom the government is giving your hard-earned money, how do you feel about having just paid your taxes? When do you finally say "enough is enough"? When you no longer have anything left to lose? By then it will be too late.

Summary:
The crash has laid bare many unpleasant truths about the United States. One of the most alarming, says a former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, is that the finance industry has effectively captured our government—a state of affairs that more typically describes emerging markets, and is at the center of many emerging-market crises. If the IMF’s staff could speak freely about the U.S., it would tell us what it tells all countries in this situation: recovery will fail unless we break the financial oligarchy that is blocking essential reform. And if we are to prevent a true depression, we’re running out of time.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Open Thread

We desperately need a new thread. Discuss what you want.
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