08 February, 2011


National stereotypes

I was listening to one of those "meet the author" gigs on the wireless in the wee small hours. In this instance the affable PJ O'Rourke was interviewed about his book Eat The Rich.

He recounted his experience of visiting Albania during his research for the book. PJ was interested to understand how the Albanians, who are not entirely stupid, had fallen more or less en masse for Ponzi schemes. Simples, replied his Elbonian informants. We knew they were unsustainable, but we assumed they were properly run criminal scams and that we were on the inside.

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