As it happens, I've just about finished The Smartest Guys in the Room, a book about Enron by the woman who wrote this. My sense is that, if you want to pick one guy who spear-headed the whole evil-doing thing, that would be Andy Fastow; Skilling seems to have had significant culpability as well. Ken Lay doesn't strike me as evil so much as detached and oblivious, and I could never work up much animosity toward him. I kind of felt justice could have been perfectly well served by his being stripped of his assets and given a job as a Wal-Mart greeter — I think he would have been good at that — and forbidden to head public corporations or operate dangerous machinery, like cars, say, or toasters.
Wednesday, July 05, 2006 :::
I wish his wife and family well — I hope there's a functioning buffer between them and anyone even more insensitive than I am. I would think more highly of either of the George Bushes if they made it to the funeral, though I certainly would understand why they might not. And for his soul, I wish it well, too; I hope it left this world well-prepared for the next.
::: posted by dWj at 8:44 PM