Harper's' Washington editor Ken Silverstein went undercover to see how eager lobbyists were to represent Turkmenistan (slogan our current President hasn't named a month after himself yet). They were eager. They are also out of touch with high culture.
For answers, Silverstein went undercover as “Kenneth Case,” a consultant for “The Maldon Group,” a mysterious (and fictitious) London-based firm that claimed to have a financial stake in improving the public image of neo-Stalinist Turkmenistan.
Ahhh someone looking for extremely shameless PR who says he works for the Maldon Group which is not, I think, a reference to the battle on the field of Maldon, but rather to the South Maldon Icelandic Saga Society as seen on Monte Python's Flying Circus which discovered that Gnarls Saga focused on the advantages of locating one's business in South Maldon.
Don't tell me it's a coincidence.
p.s. the punctuation if Harper's' is not a typo, Harper's is the Magazine so Siverstein is Harper's' Washington editor.
The title is a reference to "An average desultory philippic or I've been McNamara McNamarad" by Simon and Garfunkle which contains the immortal lines
"When you say Dylan, he thinks you mean Dylan Thomas
Man he ain't got no culture"