Who were the heroes who brought the United States and the rest of the world away from the brink of financial catastrophe this past year? Time person-of-the-year Ben Bernanke and co.? Nope, more like the Mexican Mafia. From the Guardian:
Drugs money worth billions of dollars kept the financial system afloat at the height of the global crisis, [says] the United Nations’ drugs and crime tzar.
Antonio Maria Costa, head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, said he has seen evidence that the proceeds of organized crime were “the only liquid investment capital” available to some banks on the brink of collapse last year. He said that a majority of the $352bn of drugs profits was absorbed into the economic system as a result.
This will raise questions about crime’s influence on the economic system at times of crisis.