March 31, 2009
Just when it seemed the current financial crisis would overwhelm our capacity to understand, when the cause and effect diagram was hopelessly criss-crossed with double-arrowed lines of blame, we were rescued. Not by our own personal bailout, but by the emergence of villains. Evil bankers, evil corporateers (thank you American AIG bonus recipients, for keeping it going) and incompetent politicians (true evil seems to imply the type of brainpower that people are, for some reason, unwilling to attribute to politicians) are being hauled from their glittering lairs to face the glare of public hate. We have our scapegoats.