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The descent into savagery
by Aminata Dramane Traoré
7 May 2014

Preface of the book “The Life and Crimes of an Exemplary Man”

The descent into savagery continues throughout the world with its attendant human suffering, blood, and tears. Impoverished and starving people who storm the streets do sometimes manage to oust military and civilian dictatorships; yet, they are not able to change the root causes of inequalities, injustice, and corruption. They are powerless with respect to the “permanent coup d’état” tirelessly denounced by Éric Toussaint in his analyses of the inner workings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.

The Life and Crimes of an Exemplary Man adds a new dimension to his analyses, and a new chapter to the precious research carried out by the Committee for the Abolition of Third World Debt (CADTM) to demystify these Bretton Woods institutions. The potions concocted by the IMF and World Bank are not only bitter, they are also often deadly.

War-torn Mali is not suffering from a security crisis in the north and an institutional crisis in the south, as the dominant discourse pretends. It is one of the best pupils of these institutions, which are responsible for its crumbling State structure, the permeability of its borders, and the despair of unemployed young people, who are ready to wage war wherever they can.

To cap it all off, Mali is about to engage in a new cycle of over-indebtedness to pay for its reconstruction according to the same paradigm and under the supervision of the same international financial institutions (the IMF and WB).

Stories such as this one about the life of Jacques de Groote, who used to be an executive director at these two institutions, and has now been condemned by the Swiss courts for fraud, aggravated money laundering, and document forgery, clearly illustrate the moral crisis afflicting the dominant social classes today.
The peoples of the world could act together and more effectively if information were treated in a way that would allow them to understand the responsibilities of the key players. Éric Toussaint’s book is a valuable tool that can educate citizens in the North and in the South.

Aminata Traoré is a Malian politician and writer. Her books in French include L’étau. L’Afrique dans un monde sans frontières, Le Viol de l’Imaginaire, L’Afrique humiliée, and L’Afrique mutilée.

Aminata Dramane Traoré

Aminata Dramane Traoré est une femme politique et écrivain malienne. Parmi ses livres : L’Etau, Actes Sud, 1999 ; Le Viol de l’imaginaire, Editions Fayard, 2002 ; L’Afrique mutilée, Taama Éditions, 2012.