Ben Stein

  • Ben Stein

    The Thing About ‘Financial Realism’

    …is that it demonstrates so little contact with reality and finance. And here’s good round-up of the most recent critiques of Mr. B.S.

    / Jan 29, 2008 at 9:41 AM
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    Ben Stein’s Intensely Silly Market Manipulation Theory

    Ben Stein was up to his usual silliness in Sunday’s New York Times, this week writing about a conspiracy theory involving traders manipulating the market in search of profit. He gives his theory a name—Financial Realism—because he bases it on something he learned about in law school called Legal Realism. According to his theory, traders […]

    / Jan 28, 2008 at 3:47 PM
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    Ben Stein Calls For A Wall Street Bailout

    You have to admire the mental agility of Ben Stein. A couple of weeks ago he was calling for the Justice Department to investigate Wall Street. Now he wants the government to bail them out with billions of taxpayer dollars. Oh, and it’s not morning in America anymore. Now he says the economy is slowing. […]

    / Jan 14, 2008 at 4:57 PM
  • Ben Stein, Hank Paulson

    Ferris Bueller’s Teacher Inspires Powerful Senator’s Attack on Hank Paulson, Threats of Senate Investigation

    Remember how the internet exploded yesterday with outrage over that column by Ben Stein indicting Goldman Sachs for being on too many sides of the collateralized mortgage obligation business? Well it turns out that it wasn’t just Charlie Gasparino and a couple of other folks who thought Stein was right about Goldman’s dirty hands—Senate Banking […]

    / Dec 4, 2007 at 5:23 PM
  • Banks, Ben Stein, Goldman Sachs

    Ben Stein Fights Back: Bashes Paul Krugman

    We thought that our wrap-up of the reaction to Ben Stein’s piece might finally put our day-long obsession with his Goldman Conspiracy Theory Essay to rest. But then Stein himself decided to lash out against one of his opponents. The news comes from our friends at New York magazine’s Daily Intel, who actually got a […]

    / Dec 3, 2007 at 4:59 PM
  • Banks, Ben Stein, Goldman Sachs

    Ben Stein Takes A Beating
    Or Charlie Gasparino & Howard Lindzon: Ben Stein’s Lonely Defenders

    We’re not the only ones who have called out Ben Stein for yesterday’s column. It’s getting roundly trounced by most commentators. Here’s a quick round-up of some of the comments we’ve come across today. • Roger Ehrenberg thinks the main sin of Goldman economist Jan Hatzius did was dissenting from Stein’s rosy view of our […]

    / Dec 3, 2007 at 4:26 PM
  • Banks, Ben Stein, Business Hacks, Business Media, Goldman Sachs

    Where Economists Rule The World: Only In Ben Stein’s Mind

    While we’re on the topic, we might as well mention that Ben Stein also seems to have an inflated view of the role of economists at investment banks, and perhaps in the world. Most traders and brokers we know tend to regard their economists as irrelevant at best and hazardous at worst. They are used […]

    / Dec 3, 2007 at 3:06 PM
  • Ben Stein, Goldman Sachs

    Ben Stein Befuddles Himself

    We’re kind of having a Ben Stein afternoon here at DealBreaker. We can’t seem to put his Sunday column down. Earlier today we noted how his Sunday column rested on the nonsensical position that there was something unethical about shorting mortgage indexes while selling collateralized mortgage products. But the thing that seems to be getting […]

    / Dec 3, 2007 at 2:01 PM
  • Ben Stein, Goldman Sachs

    Ben Stein’s Crazed Attack On Goldman

    It’s been quite a while since we spent so much time thinking about Ben Stein. And when we say we’re thinking about Ben Stein we mean, as is so often the case, laughing about Ben Stein. His “Everybody’s Business” column is so consistently—we almost want to say insistently—muddled that we sometimes find it hard to […]

    / Dec 3, 2007 at 1:16 PM
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    How Low Will Ben Stein Go For A Buck? Pretty, Pretty, Pretty Low

    At first glance, there was something so cerebrally offensive about VH1’s new show, “America’s Most Smartest Model,” co-hosted by former model Mary Alice Stephenson and BEN STEIN, that I instinctively flipped over to the Indians/Red Sox game when a rerun of the latest from smut TV came on at the gym last night, and I […]

    / Oct 17, 2007 at 1:16 PM
  • Ben Stein, Private Equity

    Ben Stein’s Critique of Private Equity Reason

    Ben Stein has been very public about his distaste for private equity, and his latest love letter to his pen pal of discontent hits on all the familiar arguments. Stein says that PE money is largely the result of smoke and mirrors, and that milking money from taking a company private is a complicated web […]

    / Jul 2, 2007 at 12:55 PM
  • Ben Stein

    Even Ben Stein…

    The Sunday Business section of the New York Times is a gift that keeps on giving. We’ve already mentioned Gret-Gret’s fabulous rave. And next up we’ve got Ben Stein’s column. In case you haven’t been paying attention, Stein is the kind of Republican commentator the Times loves to love. The kind that lets people write […]

    / Feb 12, 2007 at 2:34 PM

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