April 26, 2009

The dollar is the whole world’s s.o.b.

The last of my 15 letters that the Financial Times published before I was silenced was the following dated October 4, 2006 and which said the following.

“Sir, Martin Wolf’s “America could slow us down” (September 27) somehow ignores the possibility that just as the Americans did when they accepted the “In God we trust” printed on their bills as an act of faith when the dollar abandoned its convertibility into gold, the world is now willing to live with an “In America we trust”, at least while there is such a world shortage of better alternatives. If this is so, one could argue that we have still far to travel on the roads of the American current account deficit currently used by the world to dollarize since the fact is that, if you want to lay your hand on a dollar, you have to sell or give something for it. Frightening? Yes, but is not the world itself a frightening place that needs many acts of faith in order to make life bearable?”

Today, after all what we now know, and seeing the world still placing so much trust in the dollar I would probably want to rephrase it by paraphrasing Roosevelt saying “The whole world knows the dollar is an s.o.b but (at least for the time being) the dollar is the whole world’s s.o.b.”