The exact path remains uncertain, but Cuba's economy is on the move. Bright-eyed capitalists have been thumping their tails since President Obama gave the nod last December to restoring diplomatic relations, but the island's economic model was already in flux.
The global economy lives on the production, extraction, correlation, analysis, and sale of information. But it has a far greater economic value in the information it gathers on the primary user's preferences, tastes, choices, and lifestyle.
Obama may have disliked some of Churchill's activities earlier in his career, but there can be little question that during the West's darkest hour in several centuries, it was Winston Churchill who saved civilization. We face similar challenges today.
What happened on that late-summer day? It was a Sunday, and President Richard Nixon suspended convertability of the US dollar into gold, effectively ending the 25-year Bretton Woods era of fixed currency exchange rates against the US dollar.
k. Another nod to Okemo is their superior ski area food, from Asian at the summit, Waffles on the slopes, to woodfired flatbreads, signature martinis and s'mores by the fire for the kids at Coleman Brook Tavern
Some brave economists have made it clear that we need a new International Monetary System, a "New Bretton Woods" sort of agreement in order to solve things in the long term. But still, what do we do with the existing debt crisis?
Brown demonstrates something that we have seen before in the likes of John Kerry and Al Gore. Each was too cautious, too pruned and too stiff when running to secure the highest office in their respective lands.
As INET Executive Director Rob Johnson said, "last year's conference punctured the mystique of market stability (not to mention real events). This year, the conference will shatter the illusion of control."