Sunday, October 26, 2008

Economist warns a successive defaults by many smaller countries


David Smick, author of “The World Is Curved” (a counter-argument to Thomas Friedman’s “The World Is Flat”) has a column in The Washington Post today warning that entire countries could soon go bankrupt, and take down several major European banks with them. He mentions specifically Pakistan, Hungary, Belarus and the Ukraine, and even South Korea, suffering from major export losses. Iceland has already had to be rescued.

The column appears on p B03 of “The Washington Post” Outlook section today, link here. It is titled “If Entire Countries Go Broke, We’ll Go With Them.”

He also mentions that several European banks have assets greater than their corresponding country’s GDP.

Of course, it’s clear that a default by Pakistan poses grave security problems since it has small nuclear weapons. South Korea could obviously be jeopardized again by the North.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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"Debt and Financialization of America"
"America"s Former Middle Class"
"A Paradigm Shift for America" with prescriptions for the future

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