The idea that the perpetrators of the current financial mess never have much of the mess hit their own shoes is not something limited to this particular disaster, either: it's human nature to wall ourselves off from what we've done, and to have a bad grasp of events delayed by time and space. It's something to be overcome, but it all too often becomes something willfully indulged in.
That's what science is supposed to help us with, by providing us with a mechanism for seeing through such obstructions. But I'm debating whether or not economics as we currently know it classifies as a science anymore, or as a way to justify existing bad behavior.
And to think this was in a column about the movie Up in the Air.