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  • Kathleen Hall Jamieson on Election 2012 Media Tactics

    Paul Volcker on why banks are wrong to undermine the Volcker Rule, Carne Ross on the power of ordinary people to effect change in government and commerce, and a Bill Moyers Essay.

    Length: 28 minutes
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    Kathleen Hall Jamieson on Election 2012 Media Tactics
  • Marty Kaplan on Big Money’s Effect on Big Media

    Paul Volcker on why banks are wrong to undermine the Volcker Rule, Carne Ross on the power of ordinary people to effect change in government and commerce, and a Bill Moyers Essay.

    Length: 43 minutes
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    Marty Kaplan on Big Money’s Effect on Big Media
  • Bill Moyers Essay: The Ghost of Joe McCarthy

    Paul Volcker on why banks are wrong to undermine the Volcker Rule, Carne Ross on the power of ordinary people to effect change in government and commerce, and a Bill Moyers Essay.

    Length: 10 minutes
    Senator Joseph McCarthy resumes his testimony before the Senate Investigations subcommittee as the group’s probe of the Senator’s dispute with the Army heads into the home stretch. June 1954. (AP Photo)
    Bill Moyers Essay: The Ghost of Joe McCarthy

Preview: Gambling With Your Money

April 4, 2012

You’d think after such a calamitous economic fall, there’d be a strong consensus on reinforcing the protections that keep us out of harm’s way. But in some powerful corners, the opposite is happening. Business and political forces, including hordes of lobbyists, are working hard to diminish or destroy these protections. One of the biggest bull’s-eyes is on the Volcker Rule, a section of the Dodd-Frank Act that aims to keep the banks in which you deposit your money from gambling it on their own — sometimes risky — investments.

On this week’s Moyers & Company, Bill talks with the namesake of the Volcker Rule — Paul Volcker, who served two terms as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System from 1979-1987 and formerly headed President Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board.

Volcker contends the rule aims to curb conflicts of interest between bankers and their customers. He suggests that former investment companies like Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, which sought banking licenses during the economic crisis in order to access federal protection against failing, should now turn in those licenses if they want to do speculative trading.

If all that disillusions you about government, know you aren’t entirely powerless to create change. So says Bill’s second guest, Carne Ross. Once the rising star of British diplomacy and now a global activist, Ross’ book The Leaderless Revolution outlines ways to create alternative systems of governance and commerce.

Ross, who resigned his British diplomatic role in objection to his government’s positions during the Iraq War, shares nine crucial principles for effective citizen action. He also describes his work with the Occupy movement to devise an alternative banking system – an “Occupy Bank” – more aligned with the public interest.

Moyers concludes the broadcast with an essay on what several American cities are doing to restructure big banks from the bottom up.

 

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