Hamish Hamilton, 2016
In a closing scene in the movie T Investor Mark Baum sits on a rooftop in New York talking to an advisor about what's going to happen, right after the market collapses and dress-clad people pour out of the investment banks with cardboard boxes in their hands. The adviser believes that banks must be held accountable for leading millions of homeowners to the light of their rotten loans, while the high-profile investor is not so sure about this: “I have a feeling that in a few years the people will be doing what they always do when the economy tanks. They will be blaming the immigrants and the poor. ”
We are jumping ten years ahead of time, until the day I write this. 19. January 2017, the day before the Americans set in motion a president who wants to build a wall against Mexico and reverse the law that gives the nation's citizens basic health care – an aid no less needed after Wall Street speculators raised five trillion – 5 000 000 000 000 – out of their pension money, real estate investments and bonds out the window.
On the other side of the Atlantic, the situation is not so much better. Instead of reforming neoliberal trade agreements, the population is drawn to anti-immigration protectionism based on an ideology that does not even deserve to be called "the. . .