A recent article on Jamie Dimon's fall from grace was featured in Bloomberg. Since he's now public enemy #1 through his tenure over 's scandal, there seems to be no one capable enough in either Wall Street or London with the kind of dash and media daring for the rest of the big banks to unite behind. As such, the position is currently vacant, yet whatever happened to its previous celebs turned evil villains?
In 1941, one Lord David Stirling founded the British Special Air Service. It became the Britain's first ruminative response to Rommel's Afrika Korps. As Rommel grinded them to a pulp, battle after battle in succession, winning over an expanse of almost a thousand miles, the Western Desert Force (WDF) retreated until it finally found its feet near the vital port of Alexandria.
Seeing his army's position crumbling, he began the SAS' illustrious history through a rather peculiar method of introducing the idea. Somehow he sneaked around WDF's Cairo HQ's hundreds of guards, crashed through one of its backdoor windows, and cut a locked door's knob's off, all of this ending with a forced entry so he could have a word with the future commander of the new force sent to match Rommel, fellow Scot, Sir Neil Ritche.
Presenting it like a bad business plan, his idea countenanced on taking four to six .30 machine guns, placing them on surplus British jeeps and captured kubelwagen, and then rush airfields and supply dumps while hundreds of miles behind enemy lines, and all in the name of a slightly untoward title of a "long range reconnaissance in force".
Thirty years later, the same David Stirling, now a retired and old Lt. Col languishing as a dux bellorum became the world's first bellorum economicus - the first warlord turned financier. He used his knowledge of special operations, creativity and enthusiasm to fuel a reform of what he say as a dilapidated and crumbling British society.
Arguing that under the toehold of America to the west and the Soviet Union to the east, England was once again under siege as it had been under the Germans in 1940. He was compelled that as time passed the country's influence waned, and its politicians could no longer be trusted in either its economic or foreign security, and so doing he bound London's new banking class to its rescue.
Just as Dimon was a beacon of calm during the 07-08' crisis; Stirling made them pledge they were not just representing their country's interests but in effect leading it to a solution as well. The first meeting of the "Mayfair Set" began with individuals packing the room just as the first SAS gathering had in that very small North African tent. For every Paddy Mayne DSO (three bars), E Scratchley DSO (two bars), or Roy Farran DSO and MM (two bars), he found their business equivalent: and the famed 'Zulu Principle' author and accountant and inventor of the hostile takeover, Jim Slater, former Hitlerjugen soldier turned truculent patriot and takeover specialist Tiny Rowland, and playboy and millionaire Sir James Goldsmith, and stood on-hand listening to Stirling's every orders.
Each was set upon his own role.
For Jim Slater's "asset stripping" became a by-word of 1980s capitalism, and Tiny Rowland's takeovers, along with S.G. Warburg & Co. andFreres, came upon every monopoly from the Bahamas to Bagdad, from gasoline to water sanitation and firearms. James Goldsmith almost made vital pickings by nearly making American Tobacco his own, he failed, but by 1990 the magnate owned a great deal more of the emerging market's portfolios from resources like timber to oil to food companies.
All of this was done to further Britain's position in the world by its bankers. No matter how far it failed by the 1990s, former commando turned businessman David Stirling had succeeded where many had failed -- he brought together a diverse number of spiteful, competitive bankers, turning them into his acolytes.
It begins at 2:14 and the next one will be about Jim Slater...