[T]he convulsion to come won’t really be about Wall Street’s derivatives malefactions, or its subprime fun and games, or rogue trading, or the folly of banks. It will be about this society’s final opportunity to rip away the paralyzing shackles of corruption or else dwell forever in a neofeudal social order. You might say that 1384 has replaced 1984 as our worst-case scenario.

— Michael Thomas, contending that Wall Street has destroyed the wonder that was America. Years ago, Thomas was a partner at investment bank Lehman Brothers, before becoming a full time writer and journalist.