Professor William Black joins Greg McInerney to talk about his own background in fraud cases in the US and how the US and Europe are dealing with the financial crisis in different ways. As well as austerity in Ireland and Europe and Germany’s role in all of this.
Greg McInerney: This is Greg McInerney here for the meltingpress.com. This is episode three of our Alternative Voices series and we are joined today by Professor Bill Black. Bill is a former bank regulator, a professor of law and economics and also the author of the brilliant book The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One. Bill thanks so much for joining us today.
God is dead said Nietzsche. The polytheistic ancient religions cried God at an unexplainable natural world; the stars, the sun, the water, but at the unexplainable within too; love, intelligence, jealousy, madness. Over time the many Gods became one. These few remaining, singular Gods, most prominently they of Islam, Judaism and Christianity, represented in many ways a regression, far more concerned with cementing subservience and authoritarianism than human curiosity, inquiry and an affinity to the natural world. They cry God not at the unexplainable, modern science does permit as much anymore, but at human fallibility and guilt. God is dead said Nietzsche. Long live God, he should have added.
Friday night saw the passing of the Kony 2012 “Cover the Night” event. It aimed to engulf “every city and every block” around the world with posters, stickers and murals of Joseph Kony in an attempt to pressure governments into hunting down the Ugandan warlord whose LRA has terrorized Central Africa for more than a decade. To phrase it in language that the supporters of the Invisible Children charity behind the movement might understand, it was an epic fail.
The turnout and scale of activity in major cities across Europe, America and Australia were by all accounts paltry. Local newspapers and twitter feeds were rife with stories of people actively tearing down the famed Kony posters in sheer frustration at a movement that has sadly become not just an irrelevance, but a nuisance.
Connecticut will become the 17th state to abolish capital punishment as a method of judicial recourse. Democratic Governor Dannel P. Malloyhas has stated he will sign a bill passed by the state’s legislators to outlaw the death penalty, in stark contrast to his Republican predecessor Jodi Rell who vetoed the bill when presented to her in 2009. Simple mathematics should inform you that the vast majority (33) of states still retain the right to extinguish the lives of the perpetrators of certain crimes.