“Ahem. I’d like to take this opportunity to show you that I am standing here moving my lips and waving my arms. Indeed, words are coming from my mouth. I am earnest and sincere and if you pay close attention you will notice I am genuine too! No doubt you also noticed my erect posture, which implies I am confident and also sure of myself.

At times I may be pedantic and other times “a man-of-the-people” — either way you can be sure I have wisdom because I am giving you advice and we have never met. Occasionally I use big words like “pedantic” or “macro-prudential” or “counter-factual”, or even words I make up like or “hyper-connected”. I may not always know what these words mean but it is important to say them a lot because you do not use them. Sometimes I do something idiotic common so that you can relate to me (you’re welcome ). But enough about me…

Yes, I may be a recognized thought leader and yes, I may be more beautifully and wonderfully made than you but please always remember that we – you and I — exist symbiotically (look it up). I talk so you don’t have to think, and I humbly offer all I have learned and all I know in service to you. Thank you, turn up the volume, and please remember to tip your waiters.”


Paul Brodsky & Lee Quaintance run QB Partners, a private macro-oriented investment fund based in New York.

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3 Responses to “Marvelous, My Words”

  1. deanscamaro says:

    “Yes, I may be a recognized thought leader……” More likely a brain-dead, expounder. Those are some mixed up pictures. The muscled guy tearing of his shirt is an exceptionally p__ed off U.S. citizen, as are the two guys trying to shut up the third, who will be arrested if he yells out his opinion. The picture of the dog looking askance is a summary of what we citizens think after hearing the crapo that comes out of the mouth of the “…..recognized THOUGHTLESS leaders……”

  2. discusdriver says:

    Thanks for posting this. Reminds me of an FZ song:

    I may be vile and pernicious
    But you can’t look away
    I make you think I’m delicious
    With the stuff that I say
    I am the best you can get
    Have you guessed me yet?
    I am the slime oozin out
    From your tv set