Bill Black is a former bank regulator who speaks and writes widely on banking and finance. In this interview with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick, he makes clear just how corrupt the whole banking industry is. We, that is our government, do not root out the felons in the system; rather, we bail them out and make them wealthy. His blog with many links to more of his work is here.
Well-read Red Frann Michel combs the left press for analysis of the John Stewart - Stephen Colbert rallies over the weekend, and the reasons why protests in the streets are much more effective than even the protesters suppose. You can read this piece here.
Ian McEwan's 1992 novel Black Dogs shows us a split in the human psyche embodied in two very different people living in the aftermath of World War II amidst postwar hopes for socialism. Larry Bowlden explains why this book is worth reading. More of Larry's reviews.
Today's Movie Moles are Jan Haaken and Bill Resnick, and they continue the theme of Bill's interview with Bill Black about criminal banking as they discuss Inside Job, a documentary by Charles Ferguson that exhibits the short-sightedness, stupidity, and criminality of financiers and their political allies.
Joe Clement hosts this show about corrupt banking, political protests, and the human psyche, with musical breaks about the 17th Century Diggers (or Levelers), who were the Moles of their time. The songs are "The World Turned Upside" Down by Leon Rosselson (sung here by Billy Bragg); and "The Diggers' Song" by Gerrard Winstanley (sung here by Chumbawamba).