Thursday, October 23, 2008
Beginning with Margaret Thatcher’s election in 1979, government after government — and party after
Perhaps the most striking fact revealed by the global financial crash -- or rather, by the reaction to it -- is the staggering, astonishing, gargantuan amount of money that the governments of the world have at their command. In just a matter of days, we have seen literally trillions of dollars offered to the financial services sector by national treasuries and central banks across the globe. Britain alone has put $1 trillion at the disposal of the bankers, traders, lenders and speculators; and this has been surpassed by the total package of public money that Washington is shoveling into the financial furnaces of Wall Street and the banks. The effectiveness of this unprecedented transfer of wealth from ordinary citizens to the top tiers of the business world remains to be seen.