Goldman Sachs, Chess, and the Godfather
Between the SEC charges and the congressional panels, the government is finally doing its job going after Goldman Sachs, right? And this last week in April ends with the Justice Department picking up the baton, which puts Goldman under threat of criminal prosecution. Things have suddenly gotten serious.
Two weeks ago on a radio interview, I suggested the SEC investigation will either be a chump charge to pacify the masses or it might potentially be the beginning of the sacrifice of Goldman Sachs for reasons explained below. The Justice Department referral makes the latter more probable.
Criminal prosecution is indeed appropriate. Goldman deserves to be broken up. In fact, all banks of that size need to be broken up so that power is passed down to state and local economies, and countries are no longer held hostage by the mega firms. Is that what is happening here? Are we being saved from the financial parasites that have destroyed our economy?
Childlike Perspective: Left vs. Right
The left thinks so. The major media establishment is suddenly, as if by script, trumpeting the idea that government is cracking down on boogie man Goldman Sachs. This view says, “Yey! Our good government servants that have our best interests at heart are fixing those greedy Wall Street parasites.” That’s the entire purpose of the congressional panels—a stageshow for the Wall-Street-funded media to promote this narrative. But those very same government officials were the ones who did what Goldman Sachs representatives and the real powers behind Wall Street told them for the last 20+ years. They still get all of their money from Wall Street. Have they suddenly turned on the very people who feed them? Of course not.
The right thinks this crackdown is bad because Wall Street and Goldman represent a benevolent free market. This view goes beyond childlikeness and approaches insanity, like Goldman CEO Lloyd Blankfein thinking of himself as an angel from God.
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