Sunday, October 19, 2008


Passing, on my way to work, by the grave of America's first Treasury Secretary, I'm minded to ask: What would Alexander Hamilton Do? I have just finished reading Ron Chernow's excellent 850-page biography of Hamilton and I highly recommend it to all Chicken Littles out there. Hamilton also had to supervise a massive government intervention to prop up a broken financial system but at the same time fought off intense political opposition, lived under the faint but permanent threat of renewed war, and eventually died in a duel. Something tells me that - were he able - he would look at some of today's world-ending 'crises' as preferable problems to have.

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