They call it “risk management” because that’s a less obvious contradiction than “random chance control.”

As a waiter I do not grow food, I do not cook food, I only suggest food and then bring whatever a customer picks. I am, essentially, a food consultant.

First we pretended there was money in stocks. Then we pretended there was money in real estate. Now our economy is experiencing a jobless recovery. The idea seems to be that if our money is imagined, why bother to explain where it’s coming from?

I think the appeal of a blank slate is not the fresh possibilities but the fact that you’re no longer staring at your failures.