Sunday, May 10, 2009

Upside-Down Economy


From Oct. 18 to Dec. 3, 1961, 116,000 people visited New York's Museum of Modern Art before anyone noticed that Henri Matisse's painting "Le Bateau" had been hung upside down. Modernity is supposed to "transgress" standards of the traditional, which is why Paul Hindemith, while rehearsing one of his dissonant orchestral compositions, said to the musicians, "No, no gentlemen — even though it sounds wrong, it's still not right."

Proponents of today's world-turned-upside-down economic policies say the policies might seem wrong but really are boldly modern in their rejection of markets in favor of pervasive government intervention in economic life. Hence New York, which until eight months ago was the financial capital of the world, is no longer even the financial capital of the United States. Washington is...

...more from George Will

2 comments:

Southern Drawl said...

Awesome analogy...

robert verdi said...

with a government that brags about "saved" jobs and preaches fiscal responsibility while running up 2 trillion dollar deficit, yes up is down.