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Don’t blame Alexander Hamilton for the calamitous shape of today’s world economy. He was founder of the first national bank as America’s treasury secretary, but he died a man of modest means while engaged in a dual with a well-to-do vice president in July 1804.

Before Aaron Burr’s fatal bullet, however, Hamilton managed to survive America’s first real political sex scandal and trumped up charges he misused his position. An imperfect founding father, his legacy is still that of a towering giant. Perhaps only America’s first president, George Washington, outshines him. But that’s a judgment call.

Stay with me as I pursue this line of thinking. It is relevant to the following Ukraine politicians:

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