Saturday, September 15, 2007

What's bred in the bone

Central Banker turned annoying gadfly Alan Greenspan had a well deserved reputation for talking without actually saying anything, especially when testifying before Congress. Apparently this was a lifelong skill as evidenced by this 1957 letter to the Editor of the NY Times defending his mentor's book Atlas Shrugged against a negative review:

Atlas Shrugged is a celebration of life and happiness. Justice is unrelenting. Creative individuals and undeviating purpose and rationality achieve joy and fulfillment. Parasites who persistently avoid either purpose or reason perish as they should. Mr. Hicks (the reviewer) suspiciously wonders "about a person who sustains such a mood through the writing of 1168 pages and some 14 years of work." This reader wonders about a person who finds unrelenting justice personally disturbing.

Holy Crap! I really hope he was trying not to actually say anything there, because if he was trying to say something, what he says is pretty freakin' scary.