CHAPTER 1LOOKING UPSTREAM

A man was standing beside a stream when he saw a baby struggling in the water. Without a thought he jumped in and saved it. No sooner had he placed it gently on the shore than he saw another and jumped in to save it, then another and another. Totally focused on saving babies, he never thought to look upstream to answer the obvious question: Where were the babies coming from, and how did they get in the water?

ANONYMOUS

Our economic system has failed in every dimension: financial, environmental, and social. Moreover, the current financial collapse provides an incontestable demonstration that it is unable to self-correct.

Bloomberg News estimated in March 2009 that total federal bank bailout commitments and guarantees ...

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