by Nick Glossop on February 15, 2013Comments Off on LIBOR – The Financial Sector Rots From The Head
I want to stress the importance of this. You see, neoliberalism and free markets, which is the mantra that we’ve been listening to and hearing for decades, pivots on the banks and the financial system. This is where it’s supposed to be free. This is the markets, these are the markets, and the institutions are supposed to be as free as possible. Well, they’re not. They’re actually managing this rate, manipulating this rate in their own interests. And they are doing it through a private meeting.
You know, Adam Smith wrote more than two centuries ago that when you let capitalists meet in a nontransparent way on a regular basis, then they will do two things: they will defraud the public and they will raise prices. He argued that two centuries ago. Well, there you are. When you let banks meet on a daily basis, privately, without transparency, without public scrutiny, what they will do is to manipulate this key rate, the fundamental rate of the financial market, to make extra profits. That’s what they’ve been doing.
This is one of the biggest scandals, as I said before, in the history of finance. It’s about time the public realized what’s happening and demanded intervention.