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ISSUE 117 - VOL 2
January 15 - April 14, 2010

Dr. Bienvenu-Magloire Quenum
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The End of an Era: Part I: The Collapse of a Predatory Economic System

By Dr. Bienvenu-Magloire Quenum

In a previous issue the reason Iceland is currently in economic straight jacket had been exposed. Briefly stated, Iceland banking system harnessed itself to Wall Street and the financial center of the City of London, to indulge in and promoting unbelievable financing schemes, in order to maximize profits, not only for the benefit of locals but also for foreign investors - particularly in the United Kingdom, Germany and in the USA.

That is, the growth rate of the economy progressively shifted from a sound "manufacturing" base, to relying on volatile financial services.

The Debasement of the Deregulation / Globalization Scam

In Iceland, historically and for centuries, marine resources (fisheries and allied agribusinesses, particularly animal husbandry), and mineral resources (ferrosilicon, and diatomite) exploitation driven the economy and established the country in a prosperity zone for decades running, in the range of High Income Countries (HIC) bracket - US$5,000 to US$9,999.

So, for the staunch promoters of free market doctrine, the followers of Milton Friedman "diabolical" economics encapsulated in tow books (1) - The Theory of Consumption Function, and (2) Capitalism and Freedom, Iceland has everything, high standard of living, performing infrastructure, educated people, and is small enough to become the test proofing ground model for the ultimate extension of the deregulation capitalism into the developed countries - after the devastating "success" already attained with the underdeveloped world. (Scroll downward to visualize the YouTube Video about Globalization).

Starting from mid-1980, the prosperous "tiny" country's banking system was deregulated, and started indulging in all kinds of financial services matching Wall Street and the City of London traders's sulfurous practices. (See Jonathan Jarvis's Video here available) The country per capita GNP progressively moved from HIC value above outlined, to Very High Income Countries (VHI) bracket, from US$10,000 to US$19,000 and beyond.

Icelanders, beginning of year 2008 were listed among the top ranking of the wealthiest people in the world, with a Parity Purchasing Power of US$36,000.

And the crisis hit heavily in October 2008. Overnight, Iceland's economy collapsed, and is since then melting down day after day. (Click on the following green link by that provides all necessary explanations about the IceSave saga).

So, now the model is glaringly a failure for everyone to see. Iceland became the first nation in Western Europe since the 1970s to receive a loan from the International Monetary Fund, amounting to $2.1 billion. Iceland received bailout loans from other nations as well, which together with the IMF funding totaled some $10 billion. Keep in mind that $10 billion corresponds to more than half of Iceland’s GDP - the equivalent for the U.S. would be $7.2 trillion worth of loans. [Source]

The Failure of the Deregulation/ Globalization Scam Was Evident Before the Misfortune of the Icelanders

Iceland is making news all over the mainstream international media. However, the failure of the system / Deregulation/ Globalization was evident for developing countries, in Asia, Africa and Latin America "ages" before the collapse of Iceland's economy in the end of year 2008.

Developed countries's leaders just turn a blind eye not to see it. But it was there as shown on the video at the left side of this paragraph dating back to 2007.

Now the big powers, the USA, The European Union' countries, China, Russia are feeling the heat. We have seen a lot of bailouts and handouts of astronomical amount of money (coming from thin air, not related to productivity activities but just being scriptural financial manipulations of currencies) put hastily in place to save the dying and failed system.

From time to time we are told that the economy is recovering - as the indexes of the majors financial centers in New york, London, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Beijing and so on show astounding gains. Where these gains are coming from? Certainly they do not represent the bottom lines from productivity activities as unemployment worldwide is on a steady and progressive rise between 20 percent (in developed countries) and 80 percent in the developing nations.

This year 2010 is doubtless the reckoning year for a predatory capitalism system. We shall see soon if huge bailouts and handouts to the same banking institutions, which sucked dry the blood of the economy worldwide can assist the predatory system regenerating itself.

About the author: Dr. Bienvenu-Magloire Quenum is the principal/ managing director of Dr. Quenum & Associates, IBC; an experienced Investment & Business Planner with 30 years consulting practice in African countries; author of Africans, Stop Being Poor! and the editor in chief of Africabiz Online


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