Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Fear and Loathing on the Trading Floor

Traders' Call to Arms

Our apparent greed mocked by the media;
Our insatiable need condemned by professors,
Who condemn materiality, lest their
Discussions of Foucault affect nothing.
Until you are part of a trading floor
You will not understand the excitement of
Real-time screens, of offers to buy that
Bid up dealers' prices around the globe
Instantaneously, uniting buyers and
Sellers in an enterprise that promotes
Enterprise. 3,000 dead by terrorists.
I'm short on Afghanistan, long on bonds.
Liberty is specious without a sound
And active economy. Position yourselves.

(in memory of Constantine Economos, 104th Floor, 2 World Trade Center), Eugene Schlanger aka The Wall Street Poet

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