Sunday, November 08, 2009

Who Would Jesus Screw?

Matt Taibbi takes on a news item that's so mind-boggling it seems like it has to be a joke: a public push by Goldman Sachs and other investment bank executives to conflate their brand of shameless, insatiable greed with -- sitting down? -- the teachings of Jesus.

A small taste:

"On the other end of the spectrum, not nearly as evil comparably but still pretty bad, are people like this clown from Goldman. They lie to themselves and think up elaborate reasons to do the bad acts they were already hoping to do anyway. Some day, when historians finish peeling back all the different onion-layers of this financial disaster we’re living out right now, they’re going to find at the heart of it all this social Darwinist mantra wherein a very small group of overeducated twerps agreed to believe that stealing every last dime they could get their hands on was something other than what it looks and sounds like to the rest of us. That protective delusion was the first of the many luxuries they bought with all the money they stole, and see if it isn’t the last they agree to give up. What a bunch of assholes!"

True/Slant: Taibblog: Goldman One-Ups Gordon Gekko, Says Jesus Embraced Greed/11.4.09


Deacon Blue said...

After the recent news of the morons who want to rewrite the Bible as a more conservative document, highlighting, in part, "free market parables" in the Bible, this comes as no surprise to me.

It makes me ill.

But it's not surprising.

Greedy people who hide behind religion will never accept that Jesus was a friggin socialist more than anything else politically.

Squidboy said...

Unbelievable, one good Jesus reference deserves another. Perhaps they are not familiar with the only time Jesus lost his temper. Matthew 21:12 - 'Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves.' Jesus is coming ....and he's starting with the assholes at Goldman.

Anonymous said...

Jesus was a socialist.

Chris said...

I'm not sure anyone today can say with any certainty who or what Jesus was, but I think these manipulative Goldmann creeps are puffing up their egos awfully quickly after almost single-handedly destroying the financial sector over the last few years.

Lord Benne said...

So in other words, Jesus drove out the money-chargers in the temple because he just wanted the money for himself. Thanks for clearing that bit up, Goldman.

Ethnic Redneck said...

Justifying greed with godliness was a basic tenet of puritanism - the basis of American corporate morality. Y'know, the morality of "It's only a sin if you get caught."

Anon said...

Slavery was once justified by the abuse of Scripture, and it fell when the moral outrage of the masses demanded it. Not without bloodshed, but it fell.

Can the corrupt banking system similarly fall?

Izar Talon said...

I've said here many times that Jess and his Apostles lived in a nomadic socialist commune. They shared everything they had with each other, gave whatever they had to whoever needed it. They were all long-haired hippie Lefties!

And I wasn't being the least bit sarcastic or pejorative about it. It's fucking admirable.

Amazing how this coincides with the Randian Objectivist article from last week, Chez. Now these assholes are trying to sy that Jesus himself was an Objectivist!

Whatever happened to that line from the Bible "it is easier fir a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven?"

Or that little law forbidding usury (IE Banking) and marking it as much of a sin as homosexuality? (Which was only a sin when it was practiced in ritualistic homosexual ceremonies of religions competing with Judaism, NOT because homosexuality itself was a sin.)

My GOD, how can people STAND these fucking disgusting, hypocritical, soulless, EVIL people?!