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March 13, 2008

Swedish Economics: Rembrandt On Sale At 50% Discount With One Condidtion: You Must Immediately Donate It Back to the Museum, Entirely, and It Will Never Actually Leave the Museum Either, Ever

So let me get this straight: I can "buy" the Rembrandt for $49 million -- a sweetheart deal, I'm assured -- contingent upon my gifting it back completely to the museum I "bought" it from, instantaneously?

As skh says, some would call this merely a "donation," and a rather large one at that. But in Sweden, now, I guess this passes for a property transfer. The government starts out with it, you give the government a huge chunk of money, the government keeps it.

I know: You'll get a nice plaque saying you donated the painting.

Well, yes. College campuses are littered with such plaques but no one ever says anyone "bought" anything from the college, now do they?

I guess it's not a big deal. Just some fund-raising ploy that I'm sure some idiot (an oil sheik, I'm guessing) will go along with.

Still, it's a metaphor. Or a parable. Or something. I don't know, it's far too morally ambiguous for me to even contemplate.

When's Die Hard on again? I like when the Asian terrorist gets killed, because he stole the Baby Ruth candy bar and deserves to pay.

And I need that kind of reassurance of a world in which moral justice is swift and rides on the wings of 9mm bullet.

Otherwise I'm headed right back into the toilet for another two years.

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posted by Ace at 03:20 PM

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