Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Lysistrata Approach (Spanish Style) to Encouraging Bank Lending to SMEs

Aristophanes would be extremely proud of the women in Madrid. Not so much for their profession as what they are currently doing with it. Long story short (full article can be found here), the trade association representing escorts in the Spanish Capital have declared a general strike against bankers until they start lending to SMEs and families again.

The approach these ladies are taking is quite similar to those conjured by Lysistrata in the ancient play where she gathers a group of women from the various Greek city-states and launches an effective campaign to end the Peloponnesian War by withholding sex from the men.  Soon after the commencement of the campaign some of the elder women take control of the Acropolis which housed the state treasury thus limiting the ability of the men fighting the war to fund it.

While the Spanish Ladies intentions are admirable I am not sure how successful they might be.  If the amorous ways of the bankers in Spain are to be fulfilled, then I suppose they will have to begin lending again to small businesses and families to continue enjoying their asuntos de amor.

If you have not read the Lysistrata, I highly recommend it.  Very funny and insightful as to the ways in which women can often times be the better leaders in the affairs of man.


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