Dexia, Mafia and Revolution

I knew I had seen the script we’re living somewhere:

What I am saying is, we have now what we have always needed, real partnership with the government.

And this is what follows: Revolution!

What does that tell you? It tells me that when predatory bankers and their complicit government cronies cannibalise the real economy to the tipping point, then regime change is just a matter of time. Politicians are acting like bankers are their only paymasters. In reality the bankers are just the noisiest and most demanding paymasters – until the people rise up in anger.

Yesterday morning the 11 million people of Belgium woke up to find themselves the 100 percent owners of a bankrupt and unprofitable retail bank at a cost of 4 billion euros, and guarantors of a further joint 122 billion euros in liabilities with France and Luxembourg. The shareholders and bondholders will be grateful, and the markets are accordingly delighted, but pity the poor Belgian taxpayer. The CEO and Chairman of Dexia have admitted that the bank operated as a hedge fund, and yet they are given serial bailouts at the taxpayers’ expense. The Belgians have already thrown out their government, so now what do they do?

This post originally appeared at London Banker and is reproduced with permission.