Thursday, September 13, 2007
Posted by D. Daniel Sokol
Today is the first day of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year. It is a time of spiritual rebirth, self-examination and repentance. I want to focus on the first of these issues. In a time in which there is increasing assimilation and intermarriage among Jews in the United States, how might a nice Jewish boy pick up a nice Jewish girl and start dating? The answer is to talk about antitrust, at least if the nice Jewish boy is former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan and the nice Jewish girl is NBC reporter Andrea Mitchell. According to yesterday's Washington Post, Alan brought Andrea back to his apartment after their first date in 1984 by promising to show her an essay he had written on the Sherman Act. The details will appear this Sunday on CBS' 60 minutes interview, where Greenspan will discuss his new book. For someone accustomed to discussion in the somewhat difficult to understand "Fedspeak", Greenspan was both pithy and clear about the sex appeal of antitrust. According to the Washington Post, Greenspan remarked on his antitrust strategy "It worked."
Hat tip to my former college classmate and current DOJ antitrust attorney Ihan Kim.