By: the Common Constitutionalist
“Well, this is it. The last bastion of pure capitalism left on Earth. Buy low, sell high. Fear? That’s the other guy’s problem. Nothing you have ever experienced will prepare you for the absolute carnage you are about to witness. Super Bowl, World Series – they don’t know what pressure is. In this building, it’s either kill or be killed. You make no friends in the pits and you take no prisoners,” Louis Winthorpe III – from the classic 1983 movie Trading Places.
Winthorpe (Dan Aykroyd) was describing to his partner Billy Ray (Eddie Murphy – when he was still funny), the atmosphere he was to encounter in the trading pits of the Commodities Exchange in New York City. How oddly appropriate that this “bastion of pure capitalism” was housed in the World Trade Center.
This is what we think of when we envision Wall Street. This is what we’ve grown up watching – Quintessentially American capitalism.