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JR by William Gaddis
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Oct 21, 11

bookshelves: 5-star
Read from September 21 to October 14, 2011

Truly one of the greatest books I've ever read. Definitely an influence on Pynchon's Against the Day.

Stressing the vital necessity of expanded capital formation unimpeded by government restraints, Senator Broos' impassioned plea for a restoration of faith on the part of the common man in the free enterprise system as the cornerstone of those son of a bitches who still think winning's what it's all about give them a string of high p e ratios and a rising market it's all free enterprise all they howl about's government restraints interference double taxation, all free enterprise till they wreck the whole thing they're the first ones up there with a tin cup whining for the government to bail them out with a loan guarantee so they can do it all over again . . .


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No such thing as free enterprise in this country since the Haymarket riots, the minute something threatens this expanding capital formation and they're at the head of the line whining for loan guarantees against the taxes on those tips [the waitress is] out there counting at night on her four dollar davenport to bail them out because she's the only one who knows failure's what it's really all, all I don't know how much longer I . . . See the debt burden rising twice as fast as income.
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