Monkeys, money and Wall Street
juan, one of my regular readers, wrote the following comment on my Spectre of Unemployment piece.
I just had a great idea. According to recent serious scientific reports in the media, monkeys have the ability to plan!! Well, why don’t we offer peanuts and employ monkeys to run our private corporations and some of our government organisations and in particular Wall Street. Surely monkeys would do as good a job as the present incumbents, and just for a handful of peanuts not the $250 millions the AIG executives are paying themselves for ruining the world economy.
And last year, I think, a monkey beat the other investors (the experts, apart from the astrologist, who also did well) in the Australian Financial Review’s ‘pick the top stocks’ competition.
One sign outside Wall Street I remember vividly. It said: Jump, you fuckers.
Maybe we could supplement that with a new demand: Pay peanuts and get monkeys? Yes please!