From Neoliberalism to Neopets?3 April 2008
There's a fellow who frequently comes to David's Coffee Place who looks and very much sounds like Paul Adolph Volcker. Paul Volcker was the Federal Reserve Chairman who bit the bullet and broke the back of the inflationary spiral that threatened to destroy the American economy (and thence the world economy) in the late '70s and early '80s. (His immediate successor was Alan Greenspan.)
Anyway, I have discovered that this fellow at David's Place spends much of his on-line time playing on Neopets.com. At first, I though this an amusing juxtaposition. But then I asked myself
What if he doesn't merely look and sound like Paul Volcker? What if he is Paul Volcker?The economy is acting all scary, and maybe Paul Volcker is responding by focussing on Neopets! Or maybe the reason that the economy is going wack in the first place is that Volcker started messing around with Neopets!
Should economists be rushing to Neopets? Should we drag Paul away? I don't know!