According to the man who may be the leading expert on banking fraud, there is also no innocent explanation for the events leading to the current economic crisis. Last week on his PBS show, Bill Moyers interviewed William K. Black, the senior regulator during the savings and loan scandal in the late 1980s. Mr. Black, who wrote a book based on his experiences and called it The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One, said the fraud and deceit that resulted in the world banking system's dire distress makes Bernie Madoff look like a piker. In fact, says Mr. Black, who is the former director of the Institute for Fraud Prevention, what we have experienced was caused by "calculated dishonesty" on the part of corporate CEOs, aided and abetted by politicians and regulators who tore down the barriers to financial shenanigans - perhaps the most important example being the repeal of the Great Depression-inspired Glass-Steagall Act that separated commercial banking from investment banking. This cleared the stage for the fraudulent investments that made a lot of people very, very rich in what we can now see was an immense Ponzi scheme, many times the size and scope of the scam pulled off by Mr. Madoff.»
Quem diz um banco, diz um país.
No fundo, é o sumo que estas pseudo-democracias oxidentais, em que vegetamos mais ou menos lobotomizados, deitam. Com estas segregações cada vez menos subtis, malatamancam eles aquilo a que -só por sórdida piada - pode ser chamado de "elites". É a tal Cacocracia que não me canso de aqui balizar: a aristocracia às avessas, ou seja, o desgoverno pelos piores. O império pimpão das primadonas dos novos circos e dos Primodonos da política. A retórica, estrídula e omnipresente, da tão proclamada "democracia" mais não desempenha que a função simultânea de anestésico e vazelina.