Sunday, 29 March 2009

Transatlantic Coup

Simon Johnson has an excellent article in the current issue of The Atlantic magazine. His basic premise, as an ex-IMF chief economist, is that crony capitalism is a fundamental part of many emerging market crises, and it is only when the cronies are forced to take some pain that the crisis can be resolved. Furthermore he argues that this kind of coup, whereby power has been seized by a small group who manipulate the economy for personal profit, took place in the US during the Clinton and Bush years. Thus the Quiet Coup of the article's title. Go and read the whole thing: it is quite persuasive.

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