“For all the considerable pain Stratton Oakmont inflicted on its investors, here is something you should remember. It doesn’t even begin to approach the kind of pain the real Wall Street can inflict. Firms like Stratton Oakmont can’t bring the financial system to the precipice. They can’t cause a global recession. They can’t cause panic in London, New York and every other financial capital. To use Stratton Oakmont to represent Wall Street doesn’t begin to get at Wall Street’s sins.” –The final graph in Joe Nocera‘s 12.22 N.Y. Times piece, “Sex and Drugs and I.P.O.’s– Martin Scorsese’s Approach in The Wolf of Wall Street.” (Nocera is a business/op-ed columnist for the Times. He also does business commentary for NPR’s Weekend Edition.)