Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Smartest Guys in the Room

I'm a little embarrassed to admit it, but somehow I missed seeing the terrific documentary, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room. But last night I finally watched it and man-oh-man was I ever blown away.

Over the intervening years, what with all the shit that has been blowing our way, I also managed to forget a lot of the details on the Enron scandal, so this film was a great reminder of what happened during those dark days.

And I mean dark days literally, since Enron was solely responsible -- after the moronic California assembly went for deregulation of energy companies -- for those nightmarish "rolling blackouts" in California that ultimately ended with Gray Davis being ousted and The Governator being installed.

It was priceless (in a horrifying way) to watch the Enron Gurus blame the California blackouts on -- get this -- regulation!

There is so much to tell about this film that I can't even begin. Buy it, rent it, watch it, even give it away for Xmas presents.

And the next time that obnoxious wingnut brother-in-law of yours starts harping on the benefits of the so-called Free Market, you won't have to say a word. Just hand him your copy of Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, for a textbook example of how free markets can -- and will, if left unregulated -- run amok and bring down the carefully erected infrastructure in a major state.

California yesterday, tomorrow the world? Only if the neocon assholes get their way.

Our job? Stop them.


nunya said...

Hi babe,

You remember how they excluded the trader tapes ?

Farnsworth68 said...

nunya-- that link isn't working. Can you supply a better one?