Here's a juicy quote by Clay Shirky from this quite interesting C Span Book TV:
"The 20th century picture of humanity that was the kind of consensus view was that humans are rational, self-maximizing, self-interested actors who will always try to get the better deal in any transaction with another human being. But as Elinor Ostrom, who is the most recent Nobel laurate in economics, has shown in her work, the irony is that if you design systems to assume that the actors are selfish, you end up designing systems in which the most selfish actors do best. "
So, Neo-classic Economic model of humanity, that humans are fundamentally selfish, has been used by the banksters to justify their shaping the design of the financial system to their own advantage. The final result being to turn the banksters into the most selfish actors in the system.
And so the scripture is fulfilled, "What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?" The banksters have "done best" (gained the world) and yet have become the most selfish (lost their souls).
The obvious constrast is the Lord himself: "The son of man did not come to be served, but to serve and give his life a ransom for many" and his model set up a different system and way of "doing best for yourself": "The greatest among you shall be your servant".
Which begs the questions:
- Who was really doing God's work: Loyd Blankfein, Goldman Sachs CEO or Jesus of Nazareth?
- Which of the two, if you look at how I actually spend my time, am I trying to be more like?