Yes Men | Sorry, but this trader’s banking confession was no prank

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Yes Men | Sorry, but this trader’s banking confession was no prank

Yes Men let the world know that the “insignificant market trader and self-proclaimed financial self-help guru, Alessio Rastani”, whose now famous comments on the BBC about how he dreams every night of another recession and that Goldman Sach’s ‘rules the world’ was not part of  a Yes Men prank, as had been assumed by many. Rastani is a trader, but he’s small potatoes. But he does have the advantage of speaking honestly and in plain language what everyone already knows. Those, however, who have been working for Goldman Sachs and hedging against losses are not so honest. But….

Lately, it hasn’t been working so well. Something has been speaking in very plain language to millions of people. The crowds amassing in cities from New York to Athens to Paris are just the tip of the iceberg, just the most visible of all those who have long known, viscerally, that Rastani’s point of view is actually mainstream. Those people also know that, armed with truth and awareness, anything is possible.

As Michael Moore pointed out to those occupying Liberty Plaza near Wall Street, in America it’s just 400 people who own as much as most of the rest of us put together. And when the rest of us decide we really want to change the rules of the game, and take back this country for all the people, those 400 won’t be able to do anything about it.

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  1. Alan Rouge

    September 30, 2011 1:40 pm

    I’m still waiting for him to explain to us what the shift from “big money to smart money” means.

    In the language of the street in The Wire, they speak of “cash money” obviously meaning physical legal tender and not numbers on a screen.