A very animated Patrick Lovell, the producer of “The Con,” discusses the great deception in the financial sector. He breaks it open.
Patrick Lovell, on the great deception.
The discussion between Egberto and Patrick Lovell is a scathing critique of the American financial system. While Lovell points out that the problems are systemic and have been developing over decades, he also holds individuals and political leaders accountable for perpetuating deception and fraud. The system, according to Lovell, is not merely flawed; it is designed to serve a powerful elite at the expense of everyone else. This aligns with progressive concerns about economic inequality, corporate greed, and the need for financial reform.
In this video clip:
- Patrick Lovell, the producer of the series “The Con,” discusses the systemic deception and fraud in the U.S. banking and financial systems, emphasizing that many of these problems were never fixed after the 2008 financial crisis.
- Lovell criticizes the lack of understanding and oversight regarding deregulation in the financial sector, particularly pointing to both Democratic and Republican politicians who have been complicit. He calls out the irony of Barney Frank serving on the board of a bank while trying to water down his own Dodd-Frank regulation.
- He explains how control fraud and deceptive practices continue to be rampant, particularly highlighting issues with credit rating agencies and credit default swaps. These instruments contribute to systemic risk and economic instability.
- Lovell argues that the system is not built for the majority of people but rather serves the interests of a wealthy few. He coins the term “techno-feudalism” to describe the modern system, which he sees as being built on fraud and deception.
- The conversation touches on contemporary issues like cryptocurrency and quantitive easing, emphasizing that these financial mechanisms also lack sufficient regulation and contribute to economic disparity.
Lovell’s views could be strengthened by economic analysis from experts like Michael Hudson, who have long argued that the financial system is rigged in favor of the wealthy. Hudson’s work shows how the financial sector has effectively become a “predator” of the real economy rather than serving its needs.
Moreover, Elizabeth Warren, a U.S. Senator and progressive advocate for financial reform, has been vocal about the need to hold banks and other financial institutions accountable. She has criticized the limitations and loopholes in regulations like Dodd-Frank.
Given the evidence presented by Lovell and supported by various experts and politicians, it becomes increasingly clear that substantial reform is necessary to create a financial system that serves the many, not just the few. Whether this will happen given the current political climate is an open question, but what is certain is that the call for change is growing louder and more urgent.