The author has been described by News Ltd as an "iconoclast", "Svengali", a pollie's "economist muse", and "pungently accurate". Fairfax says he is a "Renaissance man" and "one of Australia’s most respected analysts." Stephen Koukoulas concludes that he is "85% right", and "would make a great Opposition leader." Terry McCrann claims the author thinks "‘nuance’ is a trendy village in the south of France", but can be "scintillating" when he thinks "clearly". The ACTU reckons he’s "an enigma wrapped in a Bloomberg terminal, wrapped in some apparently well-honed abs."

Friday, January 27, 2012

Barry Eisler on the risks of oligarchy

Eisler studied law at Cornell, worked for the CIA in the Directorate of Operations for several years, then as a silicon valley lawyer, and is now an author. He writes:

"Overall, people seemed to want to understand perfidy as a problem with personalities, rather than as something insidious in their institutions."

Too true.