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VIDEO: ‘The banks have taken over democracy’

Economists have been predicting financial trouble for years, so why were they sidelined and ignored? New Internationalist editor Vanessa Baird talks to Occupy London’s Tent City University about the financial crisis.

‘The economy does not belong to economists, politicians, bankers. It belongs to us, the people.’

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  1. #1 Sandra 02 Dec 11

    The secretive and greedy financial gnomes at the top of tree are relishing the chaos which allows them to step in and grab even more control (and more money, of course). Governments aren't in control of the financial world, its these shady individuals who are totally unaccountable to anyone but themselves. And being in charge of the money really means being in charge of everything. It's a nightmare we can't escape from. They are mean and they are not too concerned about humanity.

  2. #3 Kamp 02 Dec 11

    Thank you so much for this!

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Vanessa Baird a New Internationalist contributor

Vanessa Baird lived and worked as a journalist in Peru during the tumultuous mid-1980s, and she maintains a passionate interest in South America. She joined New Internationalist as a co-editor in 1986 and since then has written on everything from migration, money, religion and equality to indigenous activism, climate change, feminism and global LGBT rights. She also edits the Mixed Media, arts and culture section of the magazine.

Vanessa’s books include The No-Nonsense Guide to World Population (2011), Sex, Love and Homophobia (2004), The Little Book of Big Ideas (2009) and, People First Economics (2010). In 2012 she won a prestigious Amnesty International Human Rights Media award.

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