Madness is a rare thing in individuals—but in groups, parties, peoples, and ages it is the rule.Friedrich Nietzsche – (1844–1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 5, p. 100, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Beyond Good and Evil, “Fourth Part: Maxims and Interludes,” section 156 (1886).
Well, Freddy would be harumphing today. With the economy reeling (seemingly out of control, stock market volatility these days is just NUTS), the post-Nine-Eleven pageant of madness somehow hasn’t managed to die down a bit.
Let’s recap a little.