[Marxism] O Billionaires! | by Ben Fountain | The New York Review of Books

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon May 6 06:49:31 MDT 2019

Bloomberg by Bloomberg
by Michael R. Bloomberg
Wiley, 244 pp., $27.95

 From the Ground Up: A Journey to Reimagine the Promise of America
by Howard Schultz, with Joanne Gordon
Random House, 352 pp., $28.00

Donald Trump, Michael Bloomberg, Howard Schultz: all three of these 
billionaire-politicians began their careers in that semicivilized field 
of aggression known as sales. Schultz sold Xerox copiers in midtown 
Manhattan, pounding pavements and making fifty cold calls a day. 
Bloomberg cut his teeth as a securities trader at the Wall Street firm 
of Salomon Brothers, where, as one of his former partners put it, you 
had to come to work “ready to bite the ass off a bear.” And Trump, of 
course, peddled lifestyle fantasies in the form of “prestige” real 
estate high in the sky.


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