To claim Lafontaine as "one of the few European politicians who openly agrees with the U.S." is the height of self delusion.
Furthermore, Mr Summers changed his position several times over the past six years catching up on reality. Expansion of domestic demand has been US official position only after undeniable data showed the folly of initial US prognosis and rescue measures for the Asian crises (tight monetary measures, high interest rates, etc.)
Henry C.K. Liu
Doug Henwood wrote:
> Brad De Long wrote:
> >For six years, now, U.S. policymakers like
> >Lawrence Summers have been lecturing European finance ministers and central
> >bankers on the desirability of demand expansion in Europe--and Oskar
> >Lafontaine is one of the few European politicians who openly agrees with the
> There's an article in the spring Science & Society - the Frances Bolton
> issue - by Roger Burbach and William Robinson arguing that nation-states
> are passe and a global ruling class is forming itself. Maybe we're in the
> early stages of that, but I hear something like this and figure we've got a
> long way to go.
> Larry Summers spends lots of time lecturing, doesn't he? Japanese too?