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 Post subject: Discuss "the Irish wanted to stop being Irish"
PostPosted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 3:00 pm 
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Michael Lewis in Vanity Fair
OCTOBER 1, 2010

"The tsunami of cheap credit that rolled across the planet between 2002 and 2007 has just now created a new opportunity for travel: financial-disaster tourism. The credit wasn’t just money, it was temptation. It offered entire societies the chance to reveal aspects of their characters they could not normally afford to indulge. Entire countries were told, “The lights are out, you can do whatever you want to do and no one will ever know.” What they wanted to do with money in the dark varied. Americans wanted to own homes far larger than they could afford, and to allow the strong to exploit the weak. Icelanders wanted to stop fishing and become investment bankers, and to allow their alpha males to reveal a theretofore suppressed megalomania. The Germans wanted to be even more German; the Irish wanted to stop being Irish. "

http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/ ... reece.html

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 Post subject: Re: Discuss "the Irish wanted to stop being Irish"
PostPosted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 3:35 pm 
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Seems to me we just swapped the property for the porter!


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 Post subject: Re: Discuss "the Irish wanted to stop being Irish"
PostPosted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 3:49 pm 
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Americans wanted to own homes far larger than they could afford, and to allow the strong to exploit the weak. Icelanders wanted to stop fishing and become investment bankers, and to allow their alpha males to reveal a theretofore suppressed megalomania."

All of the above happened in all the countries noted.
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the Irish wanted to stop being Irish.

You'll have to tell me what that means before I can "discuss".


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