This piece was inspired by the whole Occupy Wall Street movement. I’ve been waiting for the right thing to come along and strike me. The pages from the old math book dealing with banks and finance are screaming for something special.
I don’t really have a strong opinion about the situation other than to be glad that people in this country are able to protest. I’ve got more pages and I’m hoping I can tie in my continuing 1930s obsession because I feel like feelings then towards banks are analogous to feelings that are floating around now.
In The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck wrote: “The bank is something else than men. It happens that every bank hates what the bank does, and yet the bank does it. The bank is something more than men, I tell you. It’s the monster. Men made it, but they can’t control it.” That was more than 70 years ago and it still rings true.