Q&A: Jesse’s Caf

21st August 2012

jesse

An anonymous blogging site with a pleasant relaxed feel ("an oasis of civility in an increasingly uncivil world", the site includes images from the Café's signature dishes in the left margin), wry humour and a global readership. Jesse has a strong interest in reining in the banks and reforming economics and incorporates some stunning graphs into his blog posts. However in a a recent, somewhat resigned post, he wrote: "I do not think the US is ready to insist on serious reform. It will take another crisis. The anti-regulatory slogans are too effectively ingrained in the public psyche. And self-deception is a powerfully addictive state of mind. Especially for those whose expansive lifestyles depend on it." 

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What inspired you to first start blogging?

In the boom and bust of the turn of the century, I saw quite a few good and decent people lose their jobs and their life savings.  I saw a resurgence of financial and political bad behaviour that the world has not seen since the 1930's. I saw a growing ugliness and callousness towards individuals that is the very heart of darkness and the ‘sickness unto death.'

How can one see such things and remain silent?

 

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