Editor’s Note: We like Bill Moyers and sincerely appreciate his work over the years, and have few doubts about his good faith, HOWEVER, wise and bright as he is, he remains (like many of his generation) trapped within the confines of capitalist democracy and therefore incapable of envisioning radical changes beyond reformism. —PG
During the prairie revolt that swept the Great Plains in 1890, populist orator Mary Elizabeth Lease exclaimed, “Wall Street owns the country…. Money rules…. Our laws are the output of a system which clothes rascals in robes and honesty in rags. The [political] parties lie to us and the political speakers mislead us.”
She should see us now. John Boehner calls on the bankers, holds out his cup and offers them total obeisance from the House majority if only they fill it. Barack Obama criticizes bankers as “fat cats,” then invites them to dine at a pricey New York restaurant where the tasting menu runs to $195 a person.