This film opened my eyes to a world that I knew existed, but never really paid much attention to. After all, life is easier when it is at its simplest. Life is at its simplest when ignorance is at its peak. I find it interesting that people in this country always lay the blame so readily on politicians and Wall Street executives. Sure the system is corrupt, but if we know that why have we done nothing to change it? This is a democracy is it not, a country run by average run-of-the-mill citizens? Politicians may be corrupt and take payoffs, but we put them in power. Everything this country accomplishes, and consequently everything it fails at, is indirectly our responsibility. How can we so easily condemn executive greed when we were too egocentric to even pay attention to what was going on? How can one sinner judge another?
The rich are rich for a reason, they learned how to work the system and took advantage of that. Why should they be condemned because the general population was too lazy to create rules to balance and regulate the system? I say bravo, not too screwing the entire economic system of the U.S. but to the logic and intelligence it took to do so. The only thing I don’t understand it that by doing this they get a quick and massive pay day, but in the long run they hurt millions and even their overall profits. Perhaps the motivation was an early retirement over an enduring aeon of affluence for their descendants. Even though the rich walked away with millions they paid a hefty price for their greed, quite literally.
Ultimately, if people want to stop corruption in the financial sector, they have to stop corruption in themselves. To change anything we actually have to find the self-discipline and the motivation to get up and either work collectively to change the system or create a new one. The financial sector is in chaos, to fix it order must be invoked. Even in the video they pointed out how in Iceland “after privatization (and deregulation) banks collapsed and unemployment tripled.” There has to be a balance between chaos and order for a society, or a facet of society like the economy, to thrive.
I included a link to a site about derivative stock trading since this was something I found somewhat confusing: