So it turns out Alessio Rastani is not an expert in the way an organization of the high reputation of the British Broadcasting Corporation would ordinarily appoint to pontificate on a matter of such import. Isn’t that the sweetest thing!
The Beeb have embarrassed themselves by hiring some failed trader to voice his (expert!) opinion on the global financial crisis, is shocked when same then speaks what millions believe, meaning that millions hear this information for the first time on a mainstream outlet, and the expert doesn’t even own his own house! Sublime. Talk about a poster child for The New Way.
I am not an expert. And thank goodness. Our stock of experts from all corners of the globe seem incapable of arguing their ways out of wet paper bags, or at least of calling a spade a spade. That a so-called non-expert, a failed trader according to the balance sheet quoted by the Telegraph, should squeeze onto the prime time and go viral with “Goldman Sachs rules the world!” is about as tautly ironic a moment as we could possibly deserve to enjoy.
When the first rumours started circulating that this was a hoax, I have to confess I thought it would be better that way. It really doesn’t matter how expert or otherwise Alessio Rastani is, what matters is what he said, the BBC’s reaction to him, and how his interview went viral. His message is what I suspect even governments believe, and, deep down, even the mainstream media. We are fooling ourselves still that the façade is real, that Mummy and Daddy are in nicely charge, that the wheels are not off, and that ‘normal’ is coming back. Who then but a fool to point out the bleeding obvious, that the emperor has no clothes?
Sublime. Cosmic. Fated. Mythic. Wonderful.
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