Here’s a conspiracy theory. Everyone else seems to have one, so I thought of this for myself.
I’ll start with a story told to me by an Australian friend. It’s about a man stranded on a rubber raft in the Indian Ocean, after his sailboat sank in a storm. At some point, he noticed a shark circling, but also occasionally approaching and veering off at the last minute. It even bumped the dinghy from below. Both knew that the shark could attack whenever it chose. It seemed to be playing a cruel game. You can imagine how nerve-wracking this must have been for the man in the dinghy.
I recalled this story when reading the below article about the Eurozone “crisis”. In my conspiracy theory, the euro is in the dinghy and “financial markets” are the shark. Germany is the dinghy, and some Eurozone countries have stuck a knife into its side. Of course, this only entices the shark.
So, what’s my theory? Since its inception, people not wanting the euro or the economic union to succeed conspired to engineer its demise. Smaller countries were lured into taking on too much debt (creating massive profits for banks along the way) in order to pretend to be more than third world economies. It helped the conspirators that many governments lied along the way, making it easier for them to borrow more...helping the plot succeed. If the dinghy and the euro sink, then the dollar will soar. Someone should look into who is selling the euro short...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.