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Niall Ferguson is een interessante man. Hij praat in soundbites, maar dat staat zijn verhaal niet in de weg.

“If young Americans knew what was good for them, they would all be in the Tea Party.”

“the way in which governments account for their finances. The present system is, to put it bluntly, fraudulent. There are no regularly published and accurate official balance sheets. Huge liabilities are simply hidden from view. Not even the current income and expenditure statements can be relied upon in some countries. No legitimate business could possible carry on in this fashion. The last corporation to publish financial statements this misleading was Enron.”

“the Arab Spring – so-called – I think that’s a misnomer. Let’s maybe call it the Islamist Revolution, which I think is how it will look about five years from now”

“I think the problem in the United States is such that one can say they no longer have the rule of law there. They have the rule of lawyers, which is very different.”

Programmapagina van de Reith Lectures 2012, en de bijbehorende podcastpagina.

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