William Easterly reports on an important archaeological discovery this morning; the IMF’s report on economic conditions in Judea almost 2000 years ago. After meeting with Governor Pontius Pilate and other members of the government, the IMF team praised Judea’s progress in promoting democracy and the rule of law despite some recent “minor political disturbances involving a community leader from Galilee.” The report concludes by promoting important economic reforms: stabilizing the denarius and liberalizing the price of grain.There are those who will dispute the authenticity of this discovery, alleging that the IMF was not in fact founded until the end of World War Two. This only shows how little they know; the bureaucratic mind is eternal, and its products can be found through all the ages. Indeed, Via Meadia itself recently discovered reports from an early European Union mission to ancient Egypt. The visitors praised Pharaoh for ending deliveries of straw to the brick making industry as a step that would reduce CO2 emissions and preserve species diversity in the endangered Nile wetlands. Keeping brick quotas high, the EU observer team noted, would promote growth by encouraging innovative methods of brick production. Pharaoh was also praised for his unprecedented efforts to make birth control available to low income immigrant workers. Important commercial deals involving water purification, pesticides, artificial lighting and frog leg exports were signed.
Ancient Bureaucrats: IMF in Judea, EU Visits Pharaoh
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