Enron's Lay and Skilling.
Not all psychos have axes in their hands.
Money, get back.
Pink Floyd, Money
Where’s the money?
Every bank robber in every heist movie ever
It’s the fucking coolest thing I’ve done in a long time
Enron employee on shutting down the California power grid for profit
Every non-MSM site I have read in the last two weeks with regards to an economic collapse across the West is of the opinion that it is not if but when. Now, old Traumavillians will know that I am all in favour of a financial meltdown. A little Venezuela would do the West good, in my view. Neo-classical economics might finally be seen for the Ponzi scheme it is, and it is, a fact apparent even to laymen like me. What will happen in the case of economic breakdown?
It is said that even advanced countries are only ten days away from empty supermarket shelves and anarchy. I have no wish to be amockalyptic (®Julie Burchill), but two things are certain in the event of a collapse: There will be no governmental warning, although they will know in advance, and the fickle finger of blame will immediately be pointed.
In the USA, of course, this will mean that it will be seen to be Trump’s fault. The fact that Obama doubled the national debt will be conveniently forgotten, and the Left will be in no doubt that the man who is currently doing a fair job of pulling his country’s feet out of the fire will be the bad guy. As always, the Left will not allow facts to stand in the way of ‘the narrative’, which is what the Liberal-Left call reality.
But whose fault is it, or whose fault will it be? The answer looks straightforward. It is the fault of the banks in collusion with the ruling elites. The banks are not operating in a free market, they are operating in a market which has been carefully prepared and geared for them and just them by their enablers in political power. These monstrous entities are given the power to wipe out countries, to destroy peoples, to use money like some super-lazer in a Marvel comic. We are scared, or we should be scared. We are in Traumaville and the ground is moving, buildings are starting to tremble and crack. This is a multiple award-winning documentary which seems to lay bare just how the banks go about their ruinous work.
Another film, this time a notorious case study in greed, unchecked audacity, and misery for the average consumer. This is an extraordinary documentary charting the rise and downfall of the energy giant Enron. The fact that they were able to get away with their spurious accounting techniques, include ‘mark to market’, whereby future profits were admissible as current assets, and the undeniable fact that George W Bush was riding shotgun shows that these people cannot be beaten. Added to this is the fact that the senior staff of Enron were clearly psychotic.
It has long been mooted, and partially proven, that the CEOs of companies are far more likely to be psychopathic than the average citizen whose lives they affect on a massive scale. Jon Ronson, in his book The Psychopath Test, sets out to prove just this;
‘”I could really be on to something”, I thought. “It really could be that many of our political and business leaders suffer from Antisocial or Narcissistic Personality Disorder and they do the harmful exploitative things they do because of some mad striving for unlimited success and excessive admiration. Their mental disorders might be what rule our lives.’
Later in the book Ronson interviews a researcher into psychosis and the upper echelons of business, and one exchange is notable;
‘”But surely stock-market psychopaths aren’t as bad as serial killer psychopaths”, I said.
“Serial killers ruin families”, shrugged Bob. “Corporate and political and religious psychopaths ruin economies. They ruin societies”.
I will leave you with an observation that was made some years ago, but which I had forgotten until I saw the Enron documentary. A man called Jim Chanos is widely credited with being the lone expert who suspected something was amiss with the company, and he features in the documentary. In an interview years ago, he commented that he thought he had found another Enron. It was called China.