Comments on: Jim Yong Kim’s depressing tactical silence http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/04/05/jim-yong-kims-depressing-tactical-silence/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: EcoNYC http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/04/05/jim-yong-kims-depressing-tactical-silence/comment-page-1/#comment-37656 Fri, 06 Apr 2012 15:47:36 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=13013#comment-37656 Felix, like the others I very much enjoy your writing and regularly read your blog. However, I find your dogmatic attachment to this issue puzzling — to the point that it makes me question your motives. As Chris08 stated, it *really* doesn’t become you.

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By: Chris08 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/04/05/jim-yong-kims-depressing-tactical-silence/comment-page-1/#comment-37646 Fri, 06 Apr 2012 03:37:29 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=13013#comment-37646 I agree completely with reasoned. Give up your campaign vs. Kim, Felix. It doesn’t become you at all.

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By: reasoned http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/04/05/jim-yong-kims-depressing-tactical-silence/comment-page-1/#comment-37643 Fri, 06 Apr 2012 01:06:30 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=13013#comment-37643 I’ve read your blogs on the World Bank job. Your attempts to attack Mr. Kim are so completely biased, and in the case of your blog on hazing at Dartmouth, beyond the pale. Reasonable people can recognize that Kim and Ngozi have had different career paths, areas of expertise, etc. While you gone through pains to point out Kim’s weaknesses, you (and several other commentators) fail to point to Ngozi’s. For instance, have your reviewed her track-record at the Bank (for instance, on governance, human resource management, and the famed Albania case)? Furthermore, is it possible for a creature of the Bank to genuinely reform it? Have you considered that her over-the-top PR campaign for the World Bank job might be related to her desire to leave behind the public outcry in Nigeria following her approach to removing oil subsidies? All in all, your blogs on this topic reveal poor knowledge of the World Bank and international development.

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By: reasoned http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/04/05/jim-yong-kims-depressing-tactical-silence/comment-page-1/#comment-37642 Fri, 06 Apr 2012 00:52:30 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=13013#comment-37642 Mr. Salmon

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By: Moikela http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/04/05/jim-yong-kims-depressing-tactical-silence/comment-page-1/#comment-37640 Thu, 05 Apr 2012 21:57:57 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=13013#comment-37640 Felix, I am a great fan of yours and I respect your interests, but I think the coverage is disproportionate to the importance of this matter. Two reasons:

1. The impact of a single person at the helm of such a stodgy institution is easily overrated
2. The impact of such a stodgy, increasingly irrelevant institution is easily overrated

Best,

M

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By: OmoNaija http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/04/05/jim-yong-kims-depressing-tactical-silence/comment-page-1/#comment-37637 Thu, 05 Apr 2012 20:14:28 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=13013#comment-37637 Let it go!.

Its the prerogative of the US to decide who to nominate. They made the decision already and its over.

According to you, Ngozi is saint like; she will come in and right all the wrong with the WB institution.

I am Nigerian and I could care less if she gets the job or not. In fact I don’t support her based on the decision to remove gasoline subsidies early this year while side stepping taking on the cabal thats made billions of dollars from an entire corrupt system. Piling on the already impoverished population was a much easier decision to make than taking on entrenched interest. What gives you the confidence she’ll no do same at the WB!.

Tufiakwa!

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By: K.C http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/04/05/jim-yong-kims-depressing-tactical-silence/comment-page-1/#comment-37636 Thu, 05 Apr 2012 18:44:37 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=13013#comment-37636 Joe Stiglitz is absolutely right? Can’t recall last time I’ve read or heard that. What’s next the Washington Generals knock off the Globetrotters?

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By: MrRFox http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/04/05/jim-yong-kims-depressing-tactical-silence/comment-page-1/#comment-37635 Thu, 05 Apr 2012 18:12:28 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=13013#comment-37635 “The World Bank, under Kim, will decline in relevance,…” (F.S.)

That’s all I need to hear – go for it, Kim!

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By: dWj http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/04/05/jim-yong-kims-depressing-tactical-silence/comment-page-1/#comment-37633 Thu, 05 Apr 2012 17:41:05 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=13013#comment-37633 Let’s start now brainstorming for face-preserving ways for Kim to resign early next year — would he be a good secretary of HHS? — and for the President to make Okonjo-Iweala the US nominee at that point. (Can she be appointed as an undersecretary of Treasury? Is such a slot open? Would six months in that position be enough to then pretend that, not only is she the US nominee, but that she’s “American”? Nobody has to believe this; they just have to believe that most other people are willing to pretend to believe it.)

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By: Foppe http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/04/05/jim-yong-kims-depressing-tactical-silence/comment-page-1/#comment-37632 Thu, 05 Apr 2012 17:35:36 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=13013#comment-37632 I don’t get it.. Where do you get the idea that the WB and IMF ever were reputable institution concerned with doing good? At least since the 1970s they have been tools used by the class warfarists of the Chicago school that are used to free economies from the heavy burden of popular democratic control over them in the name of profit. Why on earth do you pretend otherwise, by suggesting the WB could act on its own even with an activist preisdent leading it?
As for the american-non-american discussion: neoliberals are everywhere; so that too would be purely about image and branding, while not mattering one whit with respect to the substance of the policies pushed; it might even be worse because countries might make the mistake of trusting the WB because they think its president might understand their interests better.

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