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According to the New Yorker, Lloyd Blankfein, Gary Cohn, and other leaders at Goldman Sachs have benefitted from a financial crisis that they helped create.

1. How have the men in the email fared?
2. By how many months did the story about Goldman Sachs in the New York Times precede mortgage disaster?
3. What did the email say about how finance would, in the coming years, use charity to protect its right to keep taking? Discuss.
4. In your opinion, what was the most surprising thing that you read in the article?

Giridharadas, A. (2018). After the Financial Crisis, Wall Street Turned to Charity—and Avoided Justice. The New Yorker, Sep. 15 (Retrievable online at