Friday, January 10, 2014

Points for Style

I don't need too many reasons to love a piece of writing (whether right or wrong) that attempts to meld philosophy with the dismal science. The latter is desperately in need of an infusion of healthy abstraction most days, since its own variety of abstraction has all the benign characteristics of a gangrenous ulcer. But this particular piece takes the gold for actually containing the following sentence:

Billionaire investor George Soros' theory of financial reflexivity — essentially, that you make more money by predicting what other people will predict — has transmogrified into a Nyarlathotep of abstracted and semiotic markets.

It's almost so delightful an arrangement of words that I don't care what it actually means. Tolle, lege.

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