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A Bank Run in Louisianna – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams

September 12th, 2012 · Comments Off on A Bank Run in Louisianna – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams · Economics, Policy, Politics, Psychology, Social Psychology

(The first man in line in a bank run) soon appeared (at the opening of the bank), waving a check for $18,000 and confident that he, at least, would get his money. Entering the office, he was startled to see Governor Long behind the desk. Huey was waving a check himself. “The state of Louisiana […]

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The Bank is Something Else Than Men – “The Grapes of Wrath” – John Steinbeck 

June 14th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Bank is Something Else Than Men – “The Grapes of Wrath” – John Steinbeck  · Economics, Policy, Politics, Quotes

The bank is something else than men. It happens that every man in a bank hates what the bank does, and yet the bank does it. The bank is something more than men, I tell you. It’s the monster. Men made it, but they can’t control it.

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Central Banking and the Money Supply – “On the Wealth of Nations”, P.J. O’Rourke

May 15th, 2012 · Comments Off on Central Banking and the Money Supply – “On the Wealth of Nations”, P.J. O’Rourke · Economics, Policy, Politics

A central bank is the institution that controls the supply of a country’s money. This would be a straightforward matter if it weren’t for three facts: Money is imaginary. Banking doesn’t involve money. And a central bank isn’t a bank.

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Van Patter’s GQ Question – “American Psycho” – Bret Easton Ellis

January 20th, 2012 · Comments Off on Van Patter’s GQ Question – “American Psycho” – Bret Easton Ellis · Prose, Writing

Outside Pastels Tim grabbed the napkin with Van Patter’s final version of his carefully phrased question for GQ on it and tossed it at a bum huddling outside the restaurant feebly holding up a sloppy cardboard sign: I AM HUNGRY AND HOMELESS PLEASE HELP ME.

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