Trump Era White Collar Crime: Who’s Chasing Who?

What is going on with Wall Street White Collar Crime in the Trump era?

Hedge Fund Managers Never Die

Sheelah Kolhatkar wrote an excellent article in The New Yorker this January.

Her book, Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted Man on Wall Street, is all about the way the US New York District Attorney tried to bring down Hedge Fund Manager Steve Cohen.

This from CSPAN yesterday:

You’re Fired!

It turns out that the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, who attempted to jail Steve Cohen,  has since been fired by Donald Trump.

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Bharara’s own performance as a prosecutor has prompted mixed reactions.

From praise:

To mixed:

And outright hostile:


This hedge fund ethics and compliance executive was also jailed by Bharara.



Reading List

For more on Preet Bharara in the New Yorker:

TV Show

The TV Show Billions is loosely based on the Hedge Fund Insider Trading Battles that creator Andrew Ross Sorkin has covered while working as a New York Times journalist, CNBC Squawk Box host and successful author.


This is how the show’s creators responded to Bharara’s sacking:

So what do you think is really going on?

Is Mr Trump really ‘draining the swamp’ — or just feeding the crocodiles?




Transgender Tournaments

Every society has its customs.

Harvest seasonally celebrates good weather and a community’s ability to feed itself.

And mating rituals, often hierarchical, involve male displays of physical excellence and material resourcefulness to attract reproductive females.

But when societies code their rules using abstract tools like language then inherent ambiguities and opportunities for conflict undoubtedly emerge.

in 2015 Feminist Germaine Greer was ‘no-platformed’ for her views on gender.

Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell was also no-platformed for showing Greer  support.


Applied Linguistic Subversion

So is Political Correctness driving Cultural Revolution?

Or the other way round?

Aristotelian Dualism Vs 21st Century Non-Binary

Is post-modernism fueling post-truth & transgender politics?

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Multilayered Meta-Misinterpretations

As every bit of language is now deconstructed to its most ambiguous form.

An atomised society full of polarised people.

The best way to undermine a ridiculous law is to apply it to the letter.

But the interim injustice must be tolerated for how long?

Minority rule was frowned upon in Zimbabwe and Apartheid South Africa but minorities rights everywhere ought to be protected too.

Equal opportunity is complicated – but surely worth it.