October 13th, 2011


QotD: В Греческом зале

Закончил в ночь с воскресенья на понедельник по дороге из Москвы подборку эссе Майка Льюиса из Vanity Fair, изданную под одним заголовком и двумя подзаголовками: либо "Boomerang: The Meltdown Tour", либо "Boomerang: Travels In The New Third World". Льюис чем дальше, тем больше наливает клиентам чистой весёлой серной кислоты. Местами я не мог прекратить ржать и дёргаться на протяжении нескольких страниц.

Кроме всего прочего меня позабавило, что глава про Грецию один в один описывает Россию. Вот например:

The Greek state was not just corrupt but also corrupting. Once you saw how it worked you could understand a phenomenon that otherwise made no sense at all: the difficulty Greek people have saying a kind word about one another. Individual Greeks are delightful: funny, warm, smart, and good company. I left two dozen interviews saying to myself, “What great people!” They do not share the sentiment about one another: the hardest thing to do in Greece is to get one Greek to compliment another behind his back. No success of any kind is regarded without suspicion. Everyone is pretty sure everyone is cheating on his taxes, or bribing politicians, or taking bribes, or lying about the value of his real estate. And this total absence of faith in one another is self-reinforcing. The epidemic of lying and cheating and stealing makes any sort of civic life impossible; the collapse of civic life only encourages more lying, cheating, and stealing. Lacking faith in one another, they fall back on selves and their families.

The structure of the Greek economy is collectivist, but the country, in spirit, is the opposite of a collective. Its real structure is every man for himself. Into this system investors had poured hundreds of billions of dollars. And the credit boom had pushed the country over the edge, into total moral collapse.

Православные тоже, хуле.