October 12, 2008
The Empire Falls

If you still need confirmation that the American empire is falling, here it is.

The US is to lose its power to appoint the president of the World Bank after the UK’s development secretary, Douglas Alexander, brokered a deal to throw open the post to candidates from any country.

Backed by European governments and developing countries, Alexander overcame resistance from the US and Japan to secure a reform he described last night as “a significant step forward”.

Washington has had the right to hand-pick the president of the World Bank since the institution was founded after the second world war, with Europe choosing the managing director of the International Monetary Fund.

Now more than ever, the question is whether we’ll follow the Roman and Spanish model, or the French and English one. It’s an exciting time to be alive: our actions will make a difference for a long time to come.


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Posted by Chuck Dupree at October 12, 2008 11:35 PM
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Empire is a bad idea anyhow. Popular sovereignty is much better.

Posted by: Mahakal on October 13, 2008 2:16 AM

Well that's a relief. Robert S. McNamara served for years in that post and then we had most recently Paul Wolfowitz there. I can't speak on the qualifications of any of the others in the intervening years, but just from those two alone, it looks to me like we've been sending over our throwaways over there for years.

Posted by: Buck Batard on October 13, 2008 5:06 AM
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