Matt Stoller found this corporate PR video extolling the virtues of working in banking. A classic example of the Upton Sinclair saying, “It is difficult to make a man understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.” Some striking elements:
1. Notice how wonderfully diverse this group is
2. One of the speakers mentions how he helped people in 2008, which of course by implication means that that is true of the industry overall. Perhaps we can coin the expression “Pyrrhic aid” based on this clip: “One more like this and we are utterly undone.”
Now in fact the people in this segment look to be low level, front line retail bankers. And all may indeed be entirely blameless. But that is an accurate picture of this field. You have to stick to low level staffers to find individuals with clean hands.