La muerte de la confianza

BANGKOK – Un amigo hace poco hizo una pregunta aparentemente ingenua: "¿Qué es el dinero? ¿Cómo sé que puedo confiar en que vale lo que dice que vale?" Cuando uno estudia conceptos introductorios de economía aprende que el dinero es un medio de cambio. Pero, ¿por qué aceptamos eso? Los billetes bancarios son apenas pedazos de papel con un número adosado.

Creemos en los billetes bancarios porque colectivamente decidimos confiar en el gobierno cuando dice que 100 es 100, y no 10 o 50. El dinero, por lo tanto, tiene que ver con la confianza, sin la cual ninguna sociedad puede funcionar.

De la misma manera que obedecemos las órdenes de nuestros líderes para combatir y morir porque confiamos en su criterio, confiamos nuestras carreras y nuestro dinero a quienes dirigen Citigroup o Goldman Sachs y otros bancos por el estilo, porque creemos que sus dirigentes serán justos con sus empleados y clientes, y honorables en sus prácticas comerciales. No crecemos deseando trabajar para delincuentes y mentirosos.

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