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I was going to start out saying yesterday was the saddest day in Europe in 50 years, or something like that, because of the insane and completely nonsensical largesse the ECB permits itself to launch, aimed at once again saving a banking system, but which will not only not help the European people, it will make things even much worse than they...
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In preparation for some upcoming projects with sociologists, including my new collaborator Rob Mayer (Utah) and on another project, Alan Burton (UNM Sociology professors and UNM law student), I am beefing up on my sociology research. Alan directed me to a recent article, Restructuring the Financial Industry: The Disappearance of Locally-Owned...

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One of the most striking things about the testimony in the AIG bailout trial is the degree to which Fed officials play fast and loose with the truth. And I don't mean the normal CEO version of having no memory of events that are inconvenient and very detailed recollections of things that boost their case. I mean statements that are flat out false....
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Last month mortgage servicer Ocwen (that's NewCo backwards) was mauled by the NY State Department of Financial Services. Now the California Department of Corporations is seeking to revoke Ocwen's license to do business in that state. 

Here's the thing that is often forgotten:  this ain't the first time!  Ocwen used to be a federal...

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Free speech absolutism is having a moment on the right. The tragic killings of journalists at Charlie Hebdo sparked a rousing defense of freedom of expression, with conservatives castigating news outlets for refusing to show cartoons from the French weekly, and even equating the assailants in Paris to purveyors of political correctness.

“The p...

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Back in the days of Occupy Wall Street, David Graeber, the anthropologist-author of “Debt: The First 5,000 Years” and one of the movement’s principal catalyzing theorists, got a whole lot of things exactly right and at least one thing (as far as I was concerned at the time, and still am) dead wrong.

For starters, Graeber was one of the people (and...

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The Republicans have been quick and shameless in using their control of both houses to try to crank up the financial services pork machine into overtime operation. The Democrats at least try to meter out their give-aways over time. Their plan,...
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Gretchen Morgenson of the New York Times released...
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Describing William Deresiewicz’s “Excellent Sheep”  as a book about higher education is a bit like calling Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle” a story about meat. Yes, Sinclair was writing about meat, but he was also writing about regulation, corruption, poverty and the failures of the state.

And, yes, Deresiewicz takes college education as his...

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As I like to say, I started out on Wall Street when it was criminal only at the margin. The unseemly coziness between Goldman and keygovernment agencies in critical episodes during the crisis illustrates how much standards of conduct have deteriorated....
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