Too Big To Make Sense?
Underpinning all this power is the ultimate threat: Too Big To Fail. If a big bank is pushed too hard, its failure can bring down the financial system. This usually means protection when the system looks shaky, but it can also protect big banks from serious prosecution – if their defenders, like Jamie Dimon, can make the case that this would undermine system stability and slow the creation fo credit. (This is startlingly parallel to the arguments made by Nicolas Biddle against Andrew Jackson during the 1830s; see chapter 1 of 13 Bankers).