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  •  The smoking analogy is interesting (5+ / 0-)

    in more ways than one.

    In my lifetime, and even in my adult lifetime (I'm in my 40s), smoking has really declined in terms of social acceptability. Nowadays, in my state and I think in most states, smoking is illegal in virtually any indoor public space. Believe me, I have seen the knives come out :) when some hapless smoker lights up, anyway.

    We can make abuses by banks and corporations as socially unacceptable as cigarette smoking has become. Then it will become politically fashionable to regulate them.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 07:25:01 AM PDT

    •  Bankers still immune (0+ / 0-)

      The relative anonymity of white-collar crime means making it "socially unacceptable" won't really work for this.  We need to make it a real crime.  That is, these guys go to real prison and not a country club.  They need to be held personally (and financially) responsible for their corporate decisions.

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