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Saturday, October 4, 2008

Who's sorry now? FROM The Economist

"DOES Wall Street owe the people of America an apology? That was Senator Sherrod Brown’s suggestion to Ben Bernanke and Hank Paulson during a Senate hearing last week. If so, the humbled titans of finance will be in good company; institutional apologies have mushroomed in past years (see table). British Christians, for example, have expressed public contrition for slavery (pictured above) and have even considered apologising for scepticism about evolution. Nicolaus Mills, an American commentator, calls the fashion for saying sorry a “global culture of apology”. That may be an overstatement: public kowtows are still rare compared with the manifold wrongs of the past. The bigger question is what, if anything, they mean."

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