Wednesday, July 4, 2007
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Zimbabwe invites an anarchy pool
Zimbabwe’s week-old campaign to quell its rampant inflation by forcing merchants to lower prices is edging the nation close to chaos, some economists and merchants say.I'm offering five weeks as the over/under before complete lawlessness and anarchy break out in that country. posted by Dan on 07.04.07 at 08:32 AM
Is Zimbabwe's latest innovation in catastrophic misgovernment more or less idiotic than distributing WIN (Whip Inflation Now) buttons ala President Ford?
Sure, the US didn't collapse into failed statehood, but it did elect Jimmy Carter, which is probably more embarrassing.posted by: Steve on 07.04.07 at 08:32 AM [permalink]
Yeah, this is far worse, because buttons do nothing, while this causes a huge amount of harm
Things in this story that remind me of 1970's USA:
A) rampant inflation
Things in this story that didn't remind me of USA:
A) pro-government youth militia
If, instead of sending in the Marines, we sent all living officials from the Carter administration, would this be considered cruel and unusual treatment?posted by: Patrick in Toms River on 07.04.07 at 08:32 AM [permalink]
Patrick: Cruel and unusual treatment for whom? The Carter administration officials, or the Zimbabwean people?
Daniel: If the bet's still open I'd like to get in on the action -- but how do we tell the difference between "complete lawlessness and anarchy" and what there is now?
Seriously, though, I would like to ask what specific, measurable conditions need to happen in Zimbabwe for the bet, and why those particular ones.posted by: John Fast on 07.04.07 at 08:32 AM [permalink]
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