06 February 2016

Stieg Larsson on the stock market vs. the economy

The Swedish journalist, writer, photographer, and political activist who authored the Millennium trilogy and invented one of my two most favorite contemporary fictional protagonists, Lisbeth Salander, aka 'The Girl With the Dragoon Tattoo' (the other being Mr. Robot's Elliot Anderson, played by Rami Malek) had this to say about the global economy and the priorities of the 1%:

“You have to distinguish between two things – the economy and the stock market.  The economy is the sum of all the goods and services that are produced in the country every day.  The stock market is something very different.  There is no economy and no production of goods and services.  There are only fantasies in which people from one hour to the next decide that this or that company is worth so many billions, more or less.  It doesn’t have a thing to do with reality or the economy.”


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