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Frontline: The Warning



          Frontline: The Warning

An objective and fact-based account of how derivatives impacted our 2008 economic depression. Sadly, many people fail to understand that these financial instruments are essentially "vaporware" -- the exclusive side-bets of uber-wealthy insiders that have no intrinsic value or sustainable wealth creation. The complete lack of federal regulation and the absence of transparency is virtually casino capitalism in a black box. 

Alongside derivatives exist credit default swaps, securitized debt instruments, and the entire smorgasbord of pseudo-transactions of Wall Street. Ironically, the gains from these transactions are privatized, while the losses are socialized... the ultimate in corporate welfare. Given the well-documented nefarious tactics of Summers, Rubens and Greenspan to shield the derivatives market, the courageous efforts of Brooksley Born to bring this debacle to light are extraordinary. 

After viewing this presentation (or any of the numerous documentaries on our current economic catastrophe), it is astounding that any thinking person would object to the need for appropriate market regulation or mandated transparency in our public and private institutions. As Justice Louis Brandeis once remarked, "We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." 


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