Thomas Molloy: Time we stopped blaming Europe for our own folly
Published 22/03/2011 | 05:00
MOST societies in trouble find a scapegoat -- an innocent person or group who can be blamed and preferably punished for society's sins and crimes while distracting attention from the real causes.
For centuries, central Europe had the Jews, who were hated for their financial acumen and success.
America's 1837 depression, which is probably the first example of a global recession, was the reason for much of the antipathy towards 'Famine Irish' immigrants who were greeted by "No Irish Need Apply" campaigns when they started to arrive in the US towards the end of that terrible seven-year recession.