the germans are saying the american emperor has no clothes any more. take that, you atlanticists!
there are also a couple of books by joseph stiglitz: "globalization's discontents" and "making globalization work". net net is that globalization has not worked out as the americans hoped: which was the old george kennan expectation that the US with 8% of the world's population would continue to enjoy 50% of the world's resources.
also, i'd like to point out that i dont think it's the fact of the hollowing out of american manufacturing that has caused this problem. it's that america has ceased to be less competitive in general, and the country is not set up to be less than dominant.
i listened to a stiglitz interview, and he said things to be effect that the Uruguay Round of the GATT was extremely unfair to developing nations; i guess this means that india has managed to circumvent this by being insular. that's a vote for being un-globalized. interesting person, stiglitz says "because of global warming, 1/3rd of bangladesh will be under water in 50 years."
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From: Girish K <jjjj>
Date: Oct 28, 2006 3:57 AM
Subject: America and the Dollar Illusion
SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 25, 2006, 03:21 PM
PLAYING WITH FIRE
America and the Dollar Illusion
By Gabor Steingart
The dollar is still the world's reserve currency, even though it hasn't deserved this status for a long time. The devaluation of the dollar can't be stopped -- it can only be deferred. The result could be a world economic crisis.
Editor's Note: The following essay has been excerpted from the German best-seller "World War for Wealth: The Global Grab for Power and Prosperity" by SPIEGEL editor Gabor Steingart. SPIEGEL ONLINE is publishing a series of excerpts from the book.
The two things investors crave most are high yields and high security. Since you can never have both at the same time, the moods of investors are like an emotional roller coaster. They shift constantly from fear to greed and back -- although major investors, like corporations and states, clearly prefer security over fancy returns. Their fear is stronger than their greed. They'll freely relinquish the really fat profits as long as the stability of their billions is guaranteed. They're afraid of political unrest, they loathe overly dramatic changes in currency value and the mere thought of creeping inflation sends them into a state of panic.