[Marxism] Fwd: The Ho-Hum Squad | The Baffler

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Aug 9 08:54:31 MDT 2016

As it happens, the avatar of this perverse dialectic is the executive 
producer of Suicide Squad, Steven Mnuchin, a former investment banker 
who now captains Trump’s fundraising efforts. Mnuchin, scion of a 
Goldman Sachs fortune, has an impressive resume as a financial-industry 
bottom feeder, pocketing the proceeds of his mother’s account with 
Bernie Madoff’s notorious Ponzi fund just prior to its collapse, and 
exploiting the 2008 financial crisis to transform the teetering 
California mortgage lender OneWest into a foreclosure mill—victimizing 
predominately nonwhite owners of distressed homes and clearing a cool $3 
billion in federally subsidized profits between 2009 and 2014. He also, 
naturally enough, was a donor to Hillary Clinton’s senate campaigns—as 
was Trump himself. Who better, in other words, to market a cinematic 
fable about the virtual equivalency of evil, and to make the market’s 
own species of social violence seem blandly alluring?

full: http://thebaffler.com/blog/kriss-ho-hum-squad

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