Christian73 saidGiven that one of the film's most important points is how the economists at most major universities have stunning conflicts of interest (e.g. they're often paid consultants to financial services companies to the tune of $250,000 per year), Cowen is a) not an impartial actor and b) not any more credible than Glenn Hubbard who should be immediately removed from his post at Columbia for being an immoral asshat.
Wow - that's a remarkably inept blanket statement - and what's worse is that I know you know better. Just because some of Group A may be part of Group B, doesn't mean that A = B. Further, it doesn't go anywhere close to discussing the issues that Cowan points out who is also very well and widely published.
Christian73, this is basicly the same situation that we were in when Bush and company were trying desperately to sell the war, or certain issues with it. He used ex-military personel who almost to a person were investing in military supply busineses,
Remember what came out about so much effort to back I believe it was the Kurds? Turns out that Bush's pick over that issue "just happened" to be pushing a deal for oil contracts the he himself was heavily invested in.
Riddler is old enough to know that those in high positions and/or getting rich off of shady actions, policies or lack of them that is to their benefit, will do anything and spend like crazy to protect their money interests.
Riddler, you should try to make it your practice to "follow the money trail" before you comment in favor of the status quo on some of this crap. You embarass yourself by being so nieve.