Friday, April 8, 2016
THE PANAMA PAPERS
For a century and a half, Marxists have been laboring to replace old-fashioned conspiracy theories with more sophisticated structural accounts of the functioning of international capitalism, but the sneaky bastards who run the big companies, and their allies in government, keep undermining our elegant, complex, intellectually satisfying accounts by just gathering in back rooms and conspiring. The mother lode of all secrets, the so-called Panama Papers, is now in the process of being released to the world, and it is beyond breathtaking. You can find an extended account of it all here. Everyone is involved [except the Americans -- they prefer the Cayman Islands to Panama.] Even Jean Marie le Pen and his daughter are caught up in it. There has got to be a German word for something beyond mere schadenfreude.