- Will new anti-Ponzi laws work, now that Cousin Bernie is in jail? Not as long as the authorities don't know how to use them and establish unrealistic guidelines for what they'll investigate, such as the $500k minimum attributable loss required by the FBI. And not as long as Harvard (and other) MBAs are in charge of the major economic actors. And not as long as we have to rely on the host of a "variety show" to make the media do its job.
- Then there's the question of capitalism beyond the crisis, and whether replacing MBAs with "real" intellectuals would produce anything other than another failure of the philosopher-kings.
- Freelancers always have it tough, but especially during a recession. I suppose that we could try teaching arts organizations to act like businesses... but given the recent track record of "businesses," I'm not sure that's a good thing!
- Meanwhile, there's the question of whether musicians should be directly paid for airplay. <SARCASM> Actually, it would pay the record companies; given record-company accounting, the musicians wouldn't see a dime, no matter how it was set up administratively. </SARCASM>
- Then there's the question of "manufactured fiction," such as C____ C____... who just can't seem to catch a break in his Hollywood "breach of contract" dispute.
15 March 2009
"Look Behind You, Mr Caesar!"
at 12:22 [UTC8]
Perhaps Mr Caesar should beware the Ides of March. Most Americans must beware the Ides of April (well, technically the day after the Ides of April)...