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Bats and Brokers Looking for clues to explain Tuesday's market gyrations? Observe a bloodsucking mammal

The renewed  volatility in our tightly coupled financial system calls to mind a piece I wrote for TIME in 2000 during another period of extreme market upheaval. Here it is:

 

Quick! The market is crashing, and you are overextended, so where do you turn for help: a) y...

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Winds of Change
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The Octopus and the Orangutan
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The Future In Plain Sight
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The Parrot's Lament
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Silent Partners
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Affluence and Discontent
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The Alms Race
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Apes, Men, & Language
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The March of Folly


Monday November 10, 2014

How is it, that afterthe debacle of Vietnam, we make the same mistakes in Iraq and then Afghanistan -- of fighting the war we were prepared to fight rather than preparing for the circumstances of the conflict at hand? Of course, it's not just u,s as evidenced by the French in World War II, or all the generals in World War I who thought that cavalry and trench warfare were effective strategies in an era that introduced the machine gun and poison gas.

The whole sad, wasteful history of feckless military strategies bears witness to the point that a society or civilization is only as advanced as the deployment of its collective intelligence. In every case of failed military strategy, there were military minds that knew better, but who either muted their voices or  were ignored.

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Short Take

QUICK AND EASY RECIPE TO BAKE AN INSTANT SOCIALIST

 

 

INGREDIENTS:

 

One cup Libertarian hi-tech entrepreneur

 

All the hi-tech company’s cash

 

One cup Silicon Valley Bank

 

Cooking Instructions:

 

Combine company cash and entrepreneur with Silicon Valley Bank and bake with low heat during the weekend after the bank collapsed.

 

Remove entrepreneur from oven Monday morning. If properly cooked, entrepreneur’s first words will be “government bailout.”

 

 

 

 



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