Downtime Archive

DOWNTIME Part 3 – Collapse of the Colossus

Posted January 11, 2009 By David Haggith

“It’s too big to fail, it’s too big to fail,” has been the mantra of the U.S. government bailout program. If crises occur because these organizations are such behemoths that a single institution falling can cripple the economy under it, why have the top gurus in the Bush administration insisted upon making each institution far […]

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DOWNTIME Part 2 – Tsunami Warnings

Posted January 10, 2009 By David Haggith

During the winter of our discontent, which was January and February of 2008, the Bush administration fiddled as the U.S. was falling. While the Gurus of Government played happy music on their violins, singing that the economy was “fundamentally sound,” I was telling friends that we had entered a recession that had all the makings […]

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DOWNTIME Part 1 – How the World Fell for It

Posted January 5, 2009 By David Haggith

How do thousands of the world’s supposedly most brilliant investors fall for a con like Bernard Madoff and lose their shirts and slacks? The puzzle is not to explain how one person can be such a great con. There was nothing genius about his plan. His form of pyramid scheme, known as a Ponzi scheme, is one […]

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