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But Migeru's question intrigues: What I am interested in is, to what extent the rating of countries (and to a lesser extent of companies) is politically motivated?
It's one thing to lambast the FT, the NYT, IHT, The Economist and so on. Journalist are motivated to write stuff based on corporate business and the memes that get passed down from the higher ups, (certainly if you'd believe the stories about FoxNews).
It's another thing to step to the fore and criticize on similar grounds the holy temples of economics. We've had rabid discussion on Greenspan and the Fed and to me it seems (as an ignorant observer) that economic ideology sways the decision direction of the Fed. Even here political motivations were suspected. But in how far are these ideologies present in for example in Standard and Poor's?
The much anticipated [around these parts, at any rate] collapse of the system might be triggered by just that (people would try to dump their bonds, there would be a run on the dollar...).
A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
But define political... Your example sounds more like an economic impact. The implication of your question, however, is that a political impact can become disguised as an economical one.
So in that sense, I'll also eagerly await Friday and the Return of Agnes...
1. regard as probable; expect or predict: she anticipated scorn on her return to the theater. ∎ guess or be aware of (what will happen) and take action in order to be prepared: they failed to anticipate a full scale invasion. ∎ look forward to: Stephen was eagerly anticipating the break from the routine of business. ∎ use or spend in advance.
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