It might be a somewhat nerdsome thing to notice but my eye was drawn to this particular photo of the Lehman Brothers collapse:
There were millions of these, I know, as all sorts accounts from the sacked workers emerged. I particularly liked the description of workers clearing out their desks while drinking and smoking, the natural response to apocalypse.
Anyway, look at the chap on the right. Look at his t-shirt. If you ever watched any of the ‘Alien’ films you might recognise the logo on his t-shirt as that of the murderously capitalistic not-too-distant-future corporation of Weyland-Yutani. In the Alien films this quasi-governmental company is responsible for using people as fodder and human petri-dishes in its machinations to weaponise the nasty Aliens. It always struck me as a really effective ‘bad-guy’. The positive advertisements of capitalism are always so sinister, don’t you think? We know they are only in it for the gold.
Was the Lehman Brothers worker making a deliberate statement? As he was getting dressed that morning in casual clothes on his way to clear his desk, did he grab his WY t-shirt to make a point to his bosses/colleagues/the world?
No matter, it was a nice little poetic moment.
And what a moment this is. Now that professional bankers have been shown to have been either conned by or acted like boiler-rooms, does this current crisis in the banking sector signify the end of unbridled capitalism? The US banking sector now resembles a communist state-run economy. In this chaotic time with the world shifting under our feet is there anything or anyone who can lead us out of the nightmare?
Maybe this man:
And I don’t mean the fat bloke training for the Olympics