Wednesday, November 10, 2004
Anyway, I recall when it started to come together in fall 1988 when I was flipping channels between the Dodgers/A's World Series (the Kirk Gibson limping home run Series) and CNN where there were protests going on throughout eastern Europe. I kept watching this with Mrs. Scholar, who as a new bride dutifully tolerated her husband's monopoly on the remote. (Those were the days!) I remember asking my dissertation advisor, at whose school I was taking a year from SCSU to visit, "how does one undo a state-run economy," and in particular, "how does one undo a monobanking system" where the central bank and the commercial banks are one in the same? Little did I realize that I'd end up making that the focus of the next fifteen years of my research life. Slowly I tossed every other topic aside as being less interesting.
So it's with a little bit of nostalgia that I note today the fall of the Berlin Wall. I agree with Stephen's sentiment: Thanks President Reagan.