“The first task of popular culture is to obliterate history.” - Jeff Einstein
By Jeff Einstein
Just in case anyone asks: The annual Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference is where the world’s largest drug cartel gathers in central Idaho each summer to fix prices, examine old and new alliances and debate distribution strategies. In other words, it’s where the vastly entitled Kings and Queens of commercial media, high-tech and entertainment collude with their investment and political bagmen in broad daylight.
It’s the Carrollean place where up is down and down is up, where freedom of the press in 21st-century America is celebrated, despite the fact that the paycheck of every reporter in the room is signed by someone else in the room.
It’s the Carrollean place where down is up and up is down, where the true beneficiaries of campaign finance reform in Congress and on K Street promote the cynical myth that where the money comes from is somehow more important than where it always seems to wind up.
It’s where true entitlement begins and ends, where Social Security and Medicaid and Medicare and Food Stamps are revealed for what they truly are: table scraps left behind by history’s most rapacious drug dealers.
It’s where the AllenCo gods make the aristocratic thugs of OPEC and the drug kingpins of Mexico look like bit players in a community playhouse, and where anti-trust and monopoly laws are simply too mortal to apply.
It’s obscene and intolerable. I’d write my senators to complain except they’re way too busy raising money to buy campaign ads…
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