(4-19-13)"We make or break human life every day of every year as probably no other force on earth has ever done in the past or will ever do again."
The above rather dramatic quote comes courtesy of one Davison L Budhoo, a former International Monetary Fund economist who in 1988 broke ranks with the Fund, publishing a scathing 150-page resignation letter. In it he accused the organization of corruption, self-interest and deceit.
Not that the Fund, then headed by Frenchman Michel Camdessus, was particularly fazed by the allegations. In those days there was no Internet, so the story didn't exactly go "viral"; in fact, it barely got a mention in the mainstream or financial press.
As such, following a spattering of articles in a few specialist newspapers and magazines, Buddhoo's accusations were quickly forgotten.
The IMF breathed a sigh of relief, brushed off its Brook Brothers jacket and continued about its business. No inquiry or investigation was launched, no changes were made to the Fund's operational policies and no heads rolled.