American Madness

Intelligent Criticism in the Service of a Better Nation

Carnegie Hall has crappy marketing (and other reasons for the death of classical music)

So here is the crux of my problem with Carnegie Hall: It worships the musicians at the expense of the music.

I am on the list for Carnegie Hall because I’ve attended a couple of concerts there, but I rarely respond to emails or mailings and I haven’t been to the Hall in years. Why? Because [...]

Self-funding regulation:
Another stupid idea

Response to Top Securities Lawyers Call for Self-Funded S.E.C., in which it is stated that “Forty leading securities lawyers urged Congress on Friday to allow the S.E.C. to keep the hundreds of millions of dollars in fees it collects each year and use them to support its operations”:
We select among a series of bad options. [...]

“Stimulus” is a meaningless term

My reply to David Brooks (who now fancies himself an economist):
If economists had a clue most of them would work real jobs producing something. This is REALLY simple.
If you had a friend who was in debt to his eyeballs and had just lost his job and he asked for a loan to spend the [...]

You said it, sista

Re: Obama Is From Mars, Wall Street Is From Venus
Heilrmann writes a great political piece here, but he betrays the general ignorance on the cause of the financial crisis that infects the media. Wall Street did not cause this problem. It may have exacerbated it, but this mess started in Washington and got accelerated on [...]

Telling you so…

We’re within a few months of the U.S. economy reeling back into recession/depression because all the current great feeling has been driven by a government debt-fueled reflation. Prepare for the worst.

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