BANKER OCCUPATION:
Waging Financial War on Humanity
by Stephen Lendman

ISBN: 978-0-9845255-8-4   172 pp.
$18.95   2012





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    AUTHOR

    Stephen Lendman is a writer and broadcaster.  In early 2007
    he began regular radio hosting, now The Progressive Radio
    News Hour on The Progressive Radio Network.

    His work is exceedingly widely distributed online, with his
    articles carried on numerous listservs and websites such as
    Information Clearing House, Countercurrents, Rense,
    AltNews, Uruknet, Global Research, Counterpunch, and
    more.

    Lendman was awarded the Mexican Press Club's
    International Investigatory Journalism Award in 2011. The
    awards ceremony was televised throughout Latin America.

    A Chinese edition of his book, How Wall Street Fleeces
    America  has just been released.

    He holds a BA from Harvard and an MBA from Wharton.


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Table of Contents

Wall Street Runs America / 9

Class War in America / 15

The Austerity Hoax / 29

Trillions Stashed in Tax Havens / 34

Libor Scandal Reflects Cesspool of Financial Fraud / 38

IMF Financial Terrorism / 46

JPMorgan Chase on Capitol Hill / 58

George Soros—New World Order Confidence Man / 70

Goldman Sachs: Making Money by Stealing It / 77

Big Win for Predatory Healthcare Giants / 82

Debt Ceiling Roulette / 88

Money-Printing Madness / 94

US Cities Going Bankrupt / 104

America’s Great Divide Between Rich and Poor / 108

Hard Right Extremism in America and Europe / 113

Constitutionally Protected Symbolic Speech / 121

Washington Targets Occupy Wall Street / 125

Targeting Journalists covering OWS Protests / 130

Social Justice on Trial in Canada / 135

French Workers’ Struggles for Justice / 139

“Grand Bargain” Betrayal Coming / 142

Legislating Tyranny in America / 147

Banker Occupation of Greece / 158

Responsible New York Banking / 165

Public Banking Works / 170

Franklin Roosevelt’s Second Bill of Rights / 175
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    REVIEWS of HOW WALL STREET FLEECES AMERICA

    "Stephen Lendman has been tireless in exposing the hidden forces behind the
    news, on everything from political economy and human rights to social justice
    and workers’ rights. His writings draw from a wealth of knowledge and deep
    conviction. I’m delighted to see him tackle the problem of private banking and
    government collusion and what I believe is the key to the solution—public
    banking."                                                                          ELLEN BROWN,  Web of Debt

    "Steve Lendman is one of America’s leading critics,whether it involves exposing
    collusion between Wall Street and Washington, the Obama regime’s support of
    the Israeli occupation of Palestine, or the frame-up of Muslim citizens by the
    attorney general. Fearless,thoroughly documented and judicious in his
    judgement, Lendman’s essays are a major contribution to the struggle for
    social justice in America."                                                                      JAMES PETRAS

    "I think this text is terrific, just what is needed, very clear, informative beyond most
    people’s ken, easy to read, and of ultimate importance to steering economic
    and political recovery. The Capitalism and Freedom chapter is right in biopsy.
    The book just keeps on going with brilliant full exposure."
                                                                                                                   JOHN McMURTRY
                                      Unequal Freedoms: The Global Market as an Ethical System

    "A comprehensive understanding of Wall Street's manipulations of markets,
    money and power to the detriment of working people everywhere is badly
    needed. Stephen Lendman's new book "How Wall Street Fleeces America, is the
    answer."                                                                                                  PETER PHILLIPS
                                              President Media Freedom Foundation/Project Censored

    "Stephen Lendman has written a brilliant, passionate, and humane analysis of
    the current economic disarray in which we now live. Picking up where Thorstein
    Veblen left off, Lendman links our catastrophic economic situation to the robber-
    baron mentality in corporations and the failure of government to act as the
    enforcer of morality. His analysis is full of concrete illustrations of this latter-day
    barbarism, and is accessible to the everyday person, as well as intellectuals.
    This book should be required reading in business schools as well as
    Congress."                                                                               STJEPAN G. MESTROVIC
                                                                             Professor of Sociology, Texas A&M University

    "Stephen Lendman’s latest work covers a great many interconnected subjects
    that affect not only the United States but everyone in the world. The aspect of
    investment in America today is shown to be nothing less then the robbing of the
    American people by a criminal syndicate, known as Wall Street, banking and the
    Federal Reserve. A good deal of this is based upon the Federal Reserve Act and
    the ability of major private banks to control American society. The players have
    turned the financial world into one vast casino and when the players lose large
    amounts of money the public is allowed to bail them out. This book digs deeply
    into many of the contributing parts of what is wrong with the financial system of
    America and the world today. Stephen Lendman has a great gift for writing and
    research and all his readers are the beneficiaries.."
                                                                                                                        BOB CHAPMAN
                                                                                  Editor of the International Forecaster

    "Stephen Lendman has a breadth and depth of understanding of world and
    national affairs virtually unmatched among other public intellectuals today.  With
    this exceptional collection of reflections upon our financial and budgetary crises,
    he clarifies and illuminates the dark and obscure recesses of policies and
    programs that, although ostensibly intended to promote the interests of the
    people, all too often have the opposite effect, enriching and strengthening the
    wealthy at the taxpayer's expense.  Let us hope this book will be followed by
    many more!"                                                                                         JAMES H. FETZER
                                               McKnight Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota Duluth

    ""Stephen Lendman is a true citizen journalist and scholar.  After a long and
    successful business career, Lendman took it upon himself to use his retirement
    as a springboard for a new career as an analyst of political economy.  With great
    acumen, Lendman calls out economic charlatans and cuts straight through the
    core of so-called bull markets to tell the truth about how the powerful fleece the
    public on a daily basis. Lendman not only traces the history of the current
    financial calamity, he offers common sense advice on what we can do about it.  A
    solid, fact-based read for anyone trying to make heads or tails of what's
    happening in today's economy."                                                              MICKEY HUFF
                                                             Associate Professor of History, Diablo Valley College
      Director, Project Censored

    "There are many descriptive, narrative accounts about Wall St. and the current
    economic crisis available to readers today. But Stephen Lendman's new book
    takes the analysis far deeper than a simple narrative. Lendman emphasizes and
    focuses on the connections between Wall St. actions and the political system in
    Washington.  How money operates on both sides of the street -- the banking and
    the political--is described in detail. The reader is left with a broader, deeper
    understanding of why the recent crisis happened and where it may well be
    headed. Most importantly, the author does not shirk from calling the outcomes of
    the Wall St.-Washington alliance for what it represents: the emergence of a new
    kind of class war in America. Readers will find of special interest his innovative
    views on banking and public banking. Lendman's book is definitely one not to be
    missed."
    DR. JACK RASMUS
       Professor of Economics, Santa Clara University
                                                          Author: Epic Recession: Prelude to Global Depression
ALSO BY STEPHEN LENDMAN...

    Stephen Lendman strikes to the heart of Wall
    Street/government collusion to protect the
    powerful and drive ordinary Americans into
    the Third World ditch.

    Here’s some straight talk on unaffordable
    health care, unrepayable student debt,
    bankrupt cities, money printing madness,
    trillion dollar tax havens, IMF financial
    terrorism, the austerity hoax, banksters’
    market-rigging thievery, and the domestic
    police, media and legislative repression set to
    keep all that in place.
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