glass steagall

Doug Henwood dhenwood at
Fri Nov 5 09:25:32 PST 1999

T. C. Frank wrote:

>I was out of the country for a few weeks and now I understand Glass
>Steagall has finally been repealed. Was there much debate on this or was
>it the usual 100% financial industry consensus, good riddance to a
>"depression era" relic? Was FDIC also abolished?

Other countries have no equivalent of Glass-Steagall; they have large, universal banks. And many of those other countries have more egalitarian distributions of income and fewer financial crises than does the U.S. It's how you regulate and supervise the beasts that matters. All that populist inheritance about dispersal of ownership deserves a decent burial.


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