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February 4, 2002 Issue

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  • Column

    The Sinking of the USS Enron–A Free-Market Metaphor

    The pirate ship has sunk beneath the waves.
    The swabs who haven’t gone to wat’ry graves
    Row desperately, though all of them now know
    Their water and their food are running low.
    They row their wretched boats and curse their lot.
    Receding in the distance is a yacht
    That carries all their officers, who knew
    The ship was doomed but didn’t tell the crew.
    The officers stand tall. They saw their duty:
    Desert the ship by night and take the booty.

    Calvin Trillin

  • Divide and Misrule

    One of the old school of the British colonial service, a man with the irresistible name of Sir Penderel Moon, wrote a book about the end of empire and titled it Divide and Quit. At whose expense was this extremely dry joke? Look around the global scene today, and you will find the landscape pitted with the shards of that very policy.

    Christopher Hitchens

  • Enron Got Its Money’s Worth

    One of the major falsehoods being bandied about by apologists for the Bush Administration is that while Enron may have bankrolled much of the President’s political career it got nothing for those

    Robert Scheer