Clear and present danger

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A sage observation of Ralph Waldo Emerson, speaking about a dinner guest, was: “The louder he talked of his honour, the faster we counted our spoons.” In other words, let’s spend a few minutes on the intersection of risk and integrity. One of the most overused words of the fiscal crisis is ‘transparency’. The other is ‘sustainability’. Maybe there is a third: ‘moral hazard’. Every big event seems to convert some previously useful terms into jargon. As jargon, with its emotional content, a word

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