The Great Financial Crisis of 2007-09 at times reminded me of “The Smell of Napalm in the Morning” scene in Apocalypse Now. It features Lieutenant Colonel Kilgore1 (Robert Duvall) who in the midst of an utter hellscape, observes with a knowing wistfulness, “Someday this war is gonna end.” Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) is dumbfounded.

Kilgore, belying the death and destruction all around him, knows a hot war is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Just because you were drafted, forced into killing or being killed does not mean you should not make the best of the situation. For him, that means Surfing. That he appears to be a psychopath does not mean there is no wisdom in what he suggests.


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Author: Barry Ritholtz

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