Recently, listosaur posted the list of the 10 Most Despised Professions in America. According to the list, the most hated profession in America are Members of Congress. SI has to agree with this one as anyone who would shut down a whole country for almost a month over petty party differences deserves a bad reputation, but doesn’t agree with Lawyers being in third place while Wall Street Traders are in tenth. While even the doctor can sympathize with William Shakespeare when he said the first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers, the lawyers are not responsible for the current state of the global economy and are definitely not responsible for three of the top four risks as identified in the 2014 Annual Global Risks Report put out by the World Economic Forum.
The people responsible for three of the top four risks, directly and indirectly, are the bankers. According to the 2014 World Economic Forum Global Risks Report, the top four risks are:
- Fiscal Crises in Key Economies
- Structurally High Unemployment/Underemployment
- Water Crises
- Severe Income Disparity
1. Fiscal Crises in Key Economies
Many of the fiscal crises playing out around the world are the result of a stock market collapse of one kind or another. Hedge funds, (sub-prime) housing markets, commodity markets, etc. All of which are controlled, and manipulated, by bankers.
2. Structurally High Unemployment/Underemployment
What are the causes of unemployment? While we like to blame job outsourcing, technological advancement, or other trends that tend to displace jobs, the reality is that as old industries decline new industries emerge. In reality, GDP drives employment and unemployment more than other factors that usually get the blame. But the reality is, in the private sector, bankers influence employment and unemployment more than anything else. In a recession, or a slow economy, every hire cuts into profit margins and quarterly numbers, and a company is penalized by the bankers on Wall Street for every penny it is off in its quarterly earnings call. And even as the economy recovers, fearful of hiring too fast and getting penalized by Wall Street, a company will hold off on hiring as long as possible. So even though it is up to the company whether or not it will hire when it has the cash to do so, the fear the bankers install in the company is typically enough to make it hold off as long as possible. Yet again, the bankers’ manipulations of a market are putting us all at risk.
4. Severe Income Disparity
The gaps between the rich and poor are widening every day, and this is threatening social and political stability as well as economic development the world over. And who are the richest people? Typically, wealthy industrialists and bankers. Where do the industrialists keep most of their money? In banks, where it can be manipulated by the bankers to earn those wealthy industrialists even more money. The bankers are making the rich richer and the poor poorer every day.
the doctor will be the first to admit that this is a very simplified view of the matter at hand, but the reality is that, directly and indirectly, the banks have a lot more control over the global economic situation than we should like and their greed is doing more damage and good. We don’t need to be able to measure precisely to tell good from bad. So even if you hate them (and hate them with good reason), don’t blame the lawyers. Blame the bankers. When all is said and done, the lawyers are just a royal pain the in @ss. Bankers, on the other hand …