Putting Greed on Trial

It’s astounding, but the attack on unchecked greed is currently coming from the Republicans. (!!!???!!!)

I assume everyone’s seen the half-hour attack ad against Romney that Gingrich bought. Wow!

It brought to mind movie portrayals of corporate raiders over the years, so I thought we might as well start gathering up examples to have on hand to indoctrinate the young’uns, if it turns out that 2012 becomes the year when the U.S. finally decides greed can be bad.

So . . . Peter . . . You’ve become a pirate.

(Why isn’t my start time code in the URL making the video start at 1 min. in?)

And then, of course there’s Pretty Woman, but I wouldn’t know what snippet to grab (and I’m not going to go looking any time soon). [Edit: one of Andrew Sullivan's readers did my work for me (after the jump).]

[Fumbling with his tie, Edward (Richard Gere) tells Vivian (Julia Roberts) about his business.]
Vivian: You don’t actually have a billion dollars, huh?
Edward: No. I get some of it from banks, investors… it’s not an easy thing to do.
Vivian: And you don’t make anything…
Edward: No.
Vivian: … and you don’t build anything.
Edward: No.
Vivian: So whadda ya do with the companies once you buy ‘em?
Edward: I sell them.
[Viv reaches for his tie.]
Vivian: Here, let me do that. You sell them.
Edward: Well, I… don’t sell the whole company, I break it up into pieces, and then I sell that off, it’s worth more than the whole.
Vivian: So, it’s sort of like, um… stealing cars and selling ‘em for parts, right?
Edward: [sighs exasperatedly] Yeah, sort of. But legal.

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