The male ego and the IMF

That’s Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the head of the IMF which at present is negotiating with a number of countries to provide loans and financial stability in this present crisis. States as large as the Ukraine and Argentina have come for help while worryingly South Korea, the 13th largest economy in the world is trying to stave off its huge debts alone. Pride, I guess. So its a very important time for Mr Strauss-Kahn. Despite being a family man, he is deep in meetings, putting his intelligence and leadership into the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression. Well he is deep in meeting all right, defending his lack of judgement in having an affair with a fellow married staff member, Piroska Nagy (pictured below). He has only been in the job for a year but still proved unable to keep his mind on the job.

So what happens now? Well in this time, it hardly the time to fire him. And the IMF lacks the partisan politics which mired the US Congress during the Clinton – Monica Lewinsky affair of the late 1990s. But yet again, you find a very powerful man being unable to make head-led decisions over a frankly average girl. It was as brazen as the Clinton affair and Strauss-Kahn admitted his affair. He and his wife have “tourné la page” sur “une aventure d’un soir”and Mrs Nagy has resigned. Having an extra-martial affair is considered a private matter in Europe and should be here. It’s just the timing and the complete lack of self-control over emotions is a clear indicator of man’s inner ego and priorities.


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