Margaret Scott

美国的第一次债务危机

坎布里奇——

西方已陷入了债务危机。众所周知,8月2日,美国几乎要违约了,情况十分紧急。而在8月5日,标准普尔将美国债务平级从AAA下调到了AA+。在欧洲,即将卸任的欧洲央行行长呼吁成立中央化的欧洲财政当局,以应对希腊、葡萄牙和西班牙中某个或多个国家违约的情形。

欧洲和美国都能从美国历史中汲取教训:美国创始人受到了数不尽的爱国崇拜,但事实上他们是在一场严重的债务危机中建立美国的,而从很大程度上说,这场危机正是产生美国的原因。我希望今天的危机也可以成为类似的政治创新的诞生温床。

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