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 Nicholas Biddle was known as the Golden Calf in the 1830s because of the bent knees, the subservient worship, and hat doffing that accompanied his every utterance and activity, in allusion to the false bowing to that beast in Exodus while Moses was preoccupied.

Who is the comparable Golden Calf in the financial world today, and will his fate be similar?

Indeed, are there golden calves in other fields that deserve to be treated with less reverence?

How can this be distinguished from the "Useful Idiot" or "Your Own Man" or "the Fifth Columnist", and can a scalogram of such be created?

Yes, inquiring minds want to know, and let us not refrain from starting our typology in the corn belt if the boots fit.

Pitt T. Maner III writes:

Might not Dr. Spock have fallen into one of the categories? Some ideas of his were right and some wrong with long and short term implications to the health of a generation.


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  1. Andre Wallin on May 25, 2011 12:00 pm

    the most difficult thing is to be completely independent in thought and have conviction. one must possess many character traits that many view as negative. perhaps these character traits are your physical reaction to fighting the human tendency to conform. conforming gets you everywhere in the short run and nowhere in the long run. the reverse for being independent. maybe like taking a a trade reverse of sentiment and you’re early, you take hits in the short term, but odds are higher you will be proven more right longer term.

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