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It seems like history repeats itself an awful lot in this area, and that people collectively never learn much from the lessons.

Kevin Phillips, in Wealth and Democracy, has traced variants of this pattern as far back as 14th century Italy. It's like a bad software program in it's 10th iteration, chock full of all sorts of interesting "features."

Billy Ray Valentine caught the essence of the game in Trading Places:

"Oh, see, I made Louis a bet here. See, Louis bet me that we couldn't both get rich and put y'all in the poor house at the same time. He didn't think we could do it. I won."

"When the abyss stares at me, it wets its pants." Brian Hopkins

by EricC on Fri Nov 23rd, 2007 at 10:50:48 AM EST
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