The message to rant ratio in his posts tends to be pretty low. The zombie-like repetition of his pet-phrases is guaranteed to suffocate any message from coming through, even if he had one out there.VikramS wrote:It is that oligarchy that Neshant is attacking and rightly so. But that message gets lost in all the rants.
He needs to move to the next level of detail about the specific problems with the 'system'-Neshant is questioning the very basis and validity of the system which is controlled by bankers who suck up huge amount of wealth from the productive society.
- Fiat currency vs. Gold: there is some basis to discuss this which I have no problem with (as long as its not meant to be self-serving talking up of his own holdings in precious metals)
- Fed policy: There is a lot to criticize out here.
- The 'useless middleman industry' (his characterization of the entire financial services industry): We've been through this before. If he has suggestions like you do to better regulate the industry that is welcome, but this ranting about the existence of the industry in itself is completely ridiculous in the absence of any meaningful alternative.
Your primary issue is to do with the bonuses on Wall Street. It is fair to restrict the bonuses in the lending-related businesses which were the primary culprits in moving the banks to ask for TARP funding. As you probably know, the real large bonuses on Wall Street are not really on the lending side - it is far higher in investment banking, M&A advisory, trading, PWM & asset management. These businesses were hit, but were never the primary cause for the banks to be near bankruptcy - so I don't see a case for restricting bonuses on the non-lending businesses. If you take Goldman and Morgan Stanley - how much of their income derives from the lending or lending-related segments: the percentage is probably in single digits.However, on the flip side it is also true that the same bankers took out hundreds of billions out of the banks as bonuses since then. This money might as well be kept as a reserve to shore up the capital base.