“When the rule of law doesn’t apply to everybody…”

Matt Taibbi on how banks have bested the law.
This post is 8 in the series: Sightline@20

Matt Taibbi famously called investment firm Goldman Sachs “a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity.” Zoologists accused him of insulting vampire squids.

As contributing editor for Rolling Stone magazine, Taibbi fast emerged as one of the foremost investigative journalists on the American financial crisis and the recession that followed. He has taken to task—with wit, humor, and sting—the banks and other financial institutions, along with the political systems and actors, that played a major role in these events. “When the rule of law doesn’t apply to everybody,” he explained, discussing the near impunity enjoyed by major bank executives, “then you don’t really have the rule of law anymore.”

Matt Taibbi will join us as the next guest in our Sightline@20 Anniversary Speaker Series. We are thrilled to bring to Seattle one of the leading writers on the way money influences governance, one of Sightline’s favorite topics. And here’s a little proof that he can still make you laugh even when talking about one of the grimmest economic chapters in our country’s history:

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Event details:

  • Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2013
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
  • Location: Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Avenue, Seattle 98101 (map)
  • Tickets: $5    No longer available—event has concluded.

Learn more about the Sightline@20 Speaker Series.

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  1. David Kershner says:

    Great interview with Matt Taibbi. I love Stephen Colbert and I hope Matt has moved his money to a good credit union…

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