January 16, 2014

  • Blunt to the point of rudeness, but that doesn’t make him wrong

    JDN 2456675 EDT 23:23.

    A review of Griftopia by Matt Taibbi

    From his writing style, Matt Taibbi seems like he’d be fun to be around if he likes you, and absolutely insufferable if he doesn’t. He is beyond blunt, and his language will make your head spin as he uses words like “fucking bullshit” and “synthetic derivative” in the same sentence—indeed he may actually say “fucking bullshit synthetic derivative” at some point. He does not hesitate to call some of our world’s most powerful leaders criminals and their corporations criminal enterprises. He despises Alan Greenspan at a level that cannot be psychologically healthy. Yet his journalism is impeccable—literally some of the best I’ve ever read in America—and his facts all check out. He calls them criminals—and then documents their crimes.
    His anger is palpable, but coming out of reading it, the question is not why Matt Taibbi is angry; the question is why everyone else isn’t. Think of everything you’ve heard Occupy Wall Street accuse banks of doing: Most of that has been documented as indisputable fact. The one I always bring up, simple because it is so blatant and terrible, is the fact that HSBC laundered money for terrorists. LAUNDERED MONEY FOR TERRORISTS. In this post-9/11 world in which our airports are fortresses and the NSA is reading this right now, one of the world’s largest banks can be caught red-handed working directly with actual terrorists and end up paying a fine.
    Maybe Matt Taibbi isn’t the best man to deliver this message—his bluntness and salty language get grating after awhile—but he is actually delivering it, which is better than I can say for most other so-called “journalists”.

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