Blame Washington More Than Wall Street for the Financial Crisis

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

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  • Niall Ferguson

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    Niall Ferguson

    Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University, a senior research fellow of Jesus College, Oxford University, and a senior fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University

  • John Steele Gordon

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    John Steele Gordon

    Author and Commentator on New York's Business and Financial History

  • Nouriel Roubini

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    Nouriel Roubini

    Professor, Economics and International Business, Stern School of Business, New York University.

  • Alex Berenson

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    Alex Berenson

    Investigative Reporter for the New York Times

  • Jim Chanos

    Against

    Jim Chanos

    Founder and Managing Partner of Kynikos Associates

  • Nell Minow

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    Nell Minow

    Editor and Co-Founder of The Corporate Library

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    John Donvan

    Author and correspondent for ABC News.

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Niall Ferguson

For The Motion

Niall Ferguson

Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University, a senior research fellow of Jesus College, Oxford University, and a senior fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University

The bestselling author of Paper and Iron, The House of Rothschild, The Pity of War, The Cash Nexus, Empire, Colossus (2002) and The War of the World (2006), Niall also writes regularly for newspapers and magazines all over the world. Ferguson has written and presented four highly successful television documentary series for British television: Empire, American Colossus, The War of the World, and, most recently, The Ascent of Money. He, his wife and their three children divide their time between the United Kingdom and the United States.

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John Steele Gordon

For The Motion

John Steele Gordon

Author and Commentator on New York's Business and Financial History

Gordon's books include Hamilton's Blessing: the Extraordinary Life and Times of Our National Debt (1997), The Great Game: The Emergence of Wall Street as a World Power, 1653-2000 (1999), and An Empire of Wealth: The Epic History of American Economic Power (2004). His next book will be a history of the world economy. Gordon is also a frequent commentator on Marketplace, the daily public radio business-news program, and has appeared on CNBC, PBS, ABC's 20/20, Bloomberg, and C-SPAN television.

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Nouriel Roubini

For The Motion

Nouriel Roubini

Professor, Economics and International Business, Stern School of Business, New York University

Is a professor of economics and international business at the Stern School of Business, New York University, and co-founder and chairman of RGE Monitor, an economic and geo-strategic information service.

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Alex Berenson

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Alex Berenson

Investigative Reporter for the New York Times

Alex has been a business investigative reporter for the New York Times since 2000. He is the author of three novels and one non-fiction book, The Number, an explanation of how Wall Street's obsession with short-term profits damages markets--and all of America.

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Jim Chanos

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Jim Chanos

Founder and Managing Partner of Kynikos Associates

As the largest exclusive short selling investment firm, Kynikos provides investment management services for both domestic and offshore clients. Chanos opened Kynikos Associates in 1985 to implement investment strategies he had uncovered while beginning his Wall Street carreer as a financial analyst with Paine Webber, Gilford Securities and Deutsche Bank. Throughout his investment career, Chanos has identified and sold short the shares of numerous well-known corporate financial disasters. His celebrated short-sale of Enron shares was recently dubbed by Barron’s as “the market call of the decade, if not the past fifty years.”

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Nell Minow

Against The Motion

Nell Minow

Editor and Co-Founder of The Corporate Library

Nell is the editor and co-founder of The Corporate Library, an independent corporate governance research firm. Previously, Minow was a Principal of Lens, a $100 million investment firm, President of Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc. and an attorney for the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice. In 2007 Directorship magazine named her one of the 20 most influential people in corporate governance and BusinessWeek Online (2003) dubbed her "the queen of good corporate governance." She has authored more than 200 articles and co-authored three books, most recently the 4th edition of an MBA textbook called Corporate Governance, published in 2008.

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    • Comment Link Afn Thursday, 26 July 2012 09:47 posted by Afn

      Hey john. I also read about two polls, CNN and Rassmussen, where most people suoeprtpd the president's stimulus plan, but most believe it won't help. Where is the disconnect? How can you support something you believe is feckless?As far as what John Fund asserts, I am surprised it was only 60%.

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