Matt Taibbi’s “The Great American Bubble Machine” in Rolling Stone is now online. His oft-quoted opening paragraph has probably already passed into the public lexicon.
The first thing you need to know about Goldman Sachs is that it’s everywhere. The world’s most powerful investment bank is a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money. In fact, the history of the recent financial crisis, which doubles as a history of the rapid decline and fall of the suddenly swindled dry American empire, reads like a Who’s Who of Goldman Sachs graduates.
And even Clusterstock, who has been rather incessantly defending Goldman, now appears to be getting on the clue train.
What’s wrong with Goldman isn’t that is evil or even uniquely evil. What’s wrong is that it is pocketing money that it is making, in part, because it isn’t subject to market discipline. It is close to a pure play government arbitrage firm these days.