Crony Capitalism, U.S.A.

Four years ago, as Asia struggled with an economic crisis, many observers blamed “crony capitalism.” Wealthy businessmen in Asia didn’t bother to tell investors the truth about their assets, their liabilities or their profits; the aura of invincibility that came from their political connections was enough. Only when a financial crisis came along did people take a hard look at their businesses, which promptly collapsed.

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