In a way, and ironically, this piece makes a great argument for Sanders' advocacy of breaking the banks. As Frankel underlines, a major reason serious reform - such as raising bank capital significantly - has not taken place and many others have been gutted is the political power of the banks. Frankel lauds Clinton because her proposals are less ambitious and more in line with the political constraints. But wouldn't it be better to cut down the financial industry to size so it does not rule politics in the first place?
This is nothing new and will not stop, the idea multinational banks are anything other than too big to fail is a fantasy. Look at what is going on in the eurozone, do you think Germany can cope with Deutsche Banks 75 trillion USD derivatives liability coming home, 20x German GDP
"Give me control of a nation's money and I care not who makes it's laws" — Mayer Amschel Bauer Rothschild 19th century. How far back do you want to go
Debt is control both politically by government of voters, and by banks of government and the public. As debt grows then control grows
'Debt is such a powerful tool, it is such a useful tool, it's much better than colonialism ever was because you can keep control without having an army, without having a whole administration.' Susan George
This whole article is a fantasy. America wanted all this debt and sought it. Now the fallout is being handed onto future generations and as they gain a voice they are unhappy.
'Blessed are the young for they shall inherit the national debt' Pres Hoover - except nobody asked them and many do not have a job
The sheer scale of the economic fallout from COVID-19 justifies extraordinary measures, and nowhere more so than in Europe. Rather than questioning one another's motives, EU member states urgently need to unite behind a joint plan to avert economic disaster.
Unlike a hurricane or earthquake, the coronavirus pandemic has caused no damage to physical capital stock. But firm-specific skills have no value when the firm that uses them goes out of business, which is one reason why US productivity, wages, and economic growth are likely to be affected for years to come.
Although the COVID-19 pandemic has been treated as though it were an unprecedented global catastrophe, we have been here before – many times. As two recent works of history show, pandemics are a recurring and ineradicable feature of human civilization.
The COVID-19 pandemic poses an unprecedented threat to both public health and the global economy. Only by ditching nationalist rhetoric and policies, and embracing stronger international cooperation, can governments protect the people they claim to represent.