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Goldman Sachs: Will they never learn?

There was dancing on Wall Street with the news today that Goldman Sachs made billions in profit in the last quarter.

What’s not to like?  Betting on interest rates, underwriting share issues, revaluing assets… These are the hallmarks of genius.

So it is only right that the bank has set aside $6 billion in bonuses for their bosses. 

One question.  Isn’t gambling on interest rates and the stock exchange a zero sum game?  In other words hasn’t Goldman Sachs only managed to move losses onto someone else?

Another question.  Did Goldman Sachs game the system and sting taxpayers for a bailout of billions?

The people who bought us the Global Financial Crisis and took money form US taxpayers are now going to gorge themselves.  Could there be anything more sickening than these legalised Bernie Madoffs filling their bellies on the flesh of their victims, American workers?

The finance sector creates no new wealth.  (For this discussion let’s leave aside nuances like labour, not capital, creating productive wealth.)

It redistributes the value the productive economy makes, getting at the same time its cut of that.

The returns to the finance sector over the decade before the crisis have quadrupled. Yet this sector makes no direct contribution to wealth creation.

This is a finance bubble. It pricked last year and its disastrous effect on the productive economy are only beginning to unfold.

What the celebrations on Wall Street show is that our rulers have learnt nothing. 

The Goldman Sachs roller coaster has reached the top, ready to race again to the bottom.  

This is nothing to shout about.  It is something to fear.