Sunday, April 22, 2012

Inside Job






Finn Wittrock & John Magaro in Adam's Mckay, The Big Short (2015);
What is most brilliant in this movie, no matter its title, is that it actually doesn't have to rely in any kind of conspiracy theory: greed & (academic and professional) stupidity (plus hypocrisy) amounting to what the French call bêtise were (and are still) a yawning crevasse.
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"What's great about this country is that... President drinks Coke, Liz Taylor drinks Coke... A Coke is a Coke and no money can get you a better Coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking... when Queen Elizabeth came here and President Eisenhower bought her a hot dog I'm sure he felt confident that she couldn't have had delivered to Buckingham Palace a better hot dog than that one he bought her for maybe twenty cents at the ballpark... Sometimes you fantasize that people who are really up-there and rich and living it up have something you don't have, that their things must be better than your things because they have more money than you. But they drink the same Cokes and eat the same hot dogs and wear the same ILGWU clothes and see the same TV shows... All this is really American. The idea of America is so wonderful because the more equal something is, the more American it is... a lot of places give you special treatment when you're famous, but that's not really American. Wherever it's possible, you should try to pay people in measurements that are the most suitable for their talent or job."
Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol

"Dupés par l'effet de réel de l'accélération des profits, les spéculateurs du moment, fascinés par les écrans du stock exchange, ne remarquent pas, semble-t-il, la déformation provoquée par la courbure du miroir des Bourses de l'ère de la globalisation et donc du caractère 'astronomique' de cette soudaine compression temporelle qui leur permet, certes, d'impressionnants profits mais au prix de 'bulles' de plus en plus fragiles qui déboucheront bientôt sur le krach systémique du turbo-capitalisme, mais, surtout, sur le laïcisme des spéculateurs qui ne pourront plus faire confiance à l'avenir de l'illusion progressiste, ni attendre du dernier logiciel les miracles que leur promettait la modélisation mathématique d'un marché soumis aux excès de vitesse du flash trading hyperactif..."
"L'idée même d'un capitalisme hors-sol et hors champ de toute production véritable, fondé sur une spéculation en apesanteur, n'est jamais qu'un leurre du marché, une aberration économique qui conduit tout droit à la crise systémique redoutée, à l'exemple de ces hedge funds dont la comptabilité est aujourd'hui exilée dans des places offshore, des paradis fiscaux, dont le management se résume souvent à une minuscule équipe qui peut travailler dans un appartement, le fonds de spéculation n'ayant pas vraiment de statut juridique..."
Paul Virilio, Le Grand Accélérateur

"Au-delà de l'erreur, au-delà de la bêtise elle-même: une certaine bassesse de l'âme..."
Deleuze, Nietzsche et la philosophie
"... are you going to major in Business Administration and stampede to Wall Street to sell illegal junk bonds?"
Timothy Leary

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