May 27, 2011


Simon Johnson is a well-known economist who was briefly the Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund. In a 2010 article, he wrote a critique of the current IMF policies and in particular, of its (then) Managing Director, Dominique Strauss-Kahn (now in the news for all the wrong reasons). In the article, Johnson argued that DSK was using the current economic situation in Europe to "relaunch his political career in France" and that his objective was to "cast himself as the savior of Europe".

The article was titled "____ with a Blackberry". The blank had the name of a 19th century German politician, who was a leading diplomat of his time. To quote Johnson:

"Prince ___ worked long and hard to manoeuvre countries and people before and after 1815, cynically and cleverly building a system of interlocking interests that suited him – and his employer, the Austrian/Habsburg Emperor. Is there a modern ____ now at work? Most definitely: Yes."
Who was Strauss-Kahn being compared to?

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