It's an anecdote that likes to be remembered and which illustrates for the present subject, although remote in matter, an idea, a conception, of which the following article (and to a lesser extent the series of which this article, being only its introduction, is an integral part) is in reality only a materialization, a translation, that of the concept of value.
The anecdote is told to us by Frederic Pajak, in the fifth volume of his "Uncertain Manifesto" and is intended to be the account of a month of May 1890, month during which Vincent Van Gogh, after a stay of about a year, left the asylum of Saint-Paul-de-Mausole. Frederic Pajak writes: "After a little more than a year of internment, Vincent finally leaves the asylum of Saint-Paul-de-Mausole. He goes to the Tarascon train station, where he takes the train to Paris. He left many paintings to Dr. Peyron, who does not think much of them (...) and will let his son use them as targets to practice his rifle. A local photographer, a painter in his own time, will retrieve some of them; with the help of a scraper, he will erase the paint and use the canvas for himself”.
This idea of the "value" of things could not have found a better corollary following the publication of a message "We are witnessing the French financial revolution", which was massively relayed on a famous social network. Not without the semantic exuberance characteristic of Donald Trump's "quadrennium", such was, indeed, the idea that Anthony Scaramucci, founder of the investment fund "SkyBridge Capital" and ephemeral director, for a decade, of White House communications under the Republican administration, wanted to carry, like many others in reality during this period, the idea of the alteration of an original value recognized as such, in the sacredness originally recognized to an original value, and foreign, if not immune, to any change.

If there is no question here of sedition, in the physical and material sense of the term, nor even, in reality, of "affectation", in the "Spinozian" sense of the term this time, although deviated from its original meaning, of "modification by power" of the continuity of a persistent model, it is nevertheless a question, and this is where the ideological knot reveals its full extent, of the reappropriation of a res publica, of a public thing, in the catechism of contemporary neoliberal acceptance in saecula saecolurum, in this case, of the stock market, at least in the freedom that befits everyone to use it freely and to enjoy gains, but also losses, without distinction of any class value.

There was no revolution, an alteration of the paradigm at best. Durkheim said in his work “Sociology and Philosophy” that "the main social phenomena, religion, morals, law, economy, aesthetics, are nothing other than value systems". This value of freedom associated with the "free market", the contemporary equivalent, in acceptance, of the mystery of the Immaculate Conception, and whose added value to society has nowadays reached the character of an apodictic principle, has, however, lost its luster in recent days.

This numbness, albeit temporary and, let's wager it, without any real consequence on the prospect of a real aggiornamento, is of a major nature, the excrescence of the latter, allowed, particularly, in the European Union by the Delors-Lamy directive (i.e the deregulation of the capital account’s circulation between member States) then by the relay of article 63 of the Treaty of Lisbon, previously article 56 of the Treaty of Nice (i.e the prohibition of restrictions on the movement of capital between Member States but also between Member States and third States) enabling it to become a force when it comes to political regulation, as even Hans Tietmeyer, former president of the Bundesbank admitted “We saw in full financial liberalization the possibility of a test of the stability of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism (the predecessor of the single currency), a test by the markets of the credibility of economic policies. We wanted a test by the world markets and not only European markets”.

As the uninformed reader was forced to deal with seemingly "barbaric" technical terms, such as "short-squeeze" or "gamma-squeeze", during the tribulations of what will undoubtedly remain engraved in the collective memory as the "Gamestop saga"- in the same way as other important market crises such as the "dot-com" crisis where the simple addition of .com to a company's name could allow the company’s stock price to jump by more than 10% in the early 2000s - it was in fact a rewriting of the battle of Azincourt during the Hundred Years' War, a battle within the battle, which was being played out, a battle whose importance still goes far beyond the question of the sling crystallized around the "hedge funds” or the logorrhea extolling the mass of small carriers (in a rather risky "remake" of David and Goliath made of curves and profits this time, even more risky when the observation that a hedge fund like "Senvest Management" managed to make a profit of 700M dollars by taking advantage of the development of events is obvious to observers) having lined their pockets on the backs of financiers accused, for the most part, of short selling (in anticipation of a drop in share prices and therefore a potential gain following the repurchase of these shares).

It was, therefore, out of the question here to observe, on CNBC, Leon Cooperman defending tooth and nail, on the verge of tears in order to accentuate the alleged pathos of the situation, a seraphic vision of the markets soiled by the hands of private individuals "doped" by the money of the "stimulus checks" (deployed by the Fed at the onset of the pandemic, and currently under potential redeployment under the Biden administration, to support household consumption and, therefore, the economy through demand stimulation). Nor was there any question of observing Scott Galloway, in a sort of extension of Gresham's law, where bad habits would have chased away bad ones, extolling the merits of an alleged social life lost by this "wrong way crowd" whose eyes were now glued to the computer screen from the opening to the closing of the market.
No, the great urgency did not come down to observing the emanation of the "low hanging fruits", or even to try to decipher the litany of "moral" debates that have been stirring in recent weeks, but rather to focus on the legal consequences for all parties involved.