Shorter Jamie Dimon: “I am not a psychopath”

As business professor Clive Boddy describes it, banksters like Jamie Dimon succeed–and cause great catastrophe–because they are able to exploit the chaos of today’s business environment while ignoring the consequences of their ruthlessness.

Boddy says psychopaths take advantage of the “relative chaotic nature of the modern corporation,” including “rapid change, constant renewal” and high turnover of “key personnel.” Such circumstances allow them to ascend through a combination of “charm” and “charisma,” which makes “their behaviour invisible” and “makes them appear normal and even to be ideal leaders.”

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They “largely caused the crisis” because their “single- minded pursuit of their own self-enrichment and self- aggrandizement to the exclusion of all other considerations has led to an abandonment of the old-fashioned concept of noblesse oblige, equality, fairness, or of any real notion of corporate social responsibility.”

Boddy doesn’t name names, but the type of personality he describes is recognizable to all from the financial crisis.

He says the unnamed “they” seem “to be unaffected” by the corporate collapses they cause. These psychopaths “present themselves as glibly unbothered by the chaos around them, unconcerned about those who have lost their jobs, savings and investments, and as lacking any regrets about what they have done.

Meanwhile, a Reuters article offers a possible explanation for how millions of MF Global funds disappeared: because its clearing firm, JP Morgan Chase, dawdled while clearing hundreds of millions of dollars in securities MF Global sold to Goldman Sachs as an effort to stay afloat.

MF Global unloaded hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of securities to Goldman Sachs in the days leading up to its collapse, according to two former MF Global employees with direct knowledge of the transactions. But it did not immediately receive payment from its clearing firm and lender, JPMorgan Chase & Co , one of the sources said.

The sale of securities to Goldman occurred on October 27, just days before MF Global Holdings Ltd filed for bankruptcy on October 31, the ex-employees said. One of the employees said the transaction was cleared with JPMorgan Chase.

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JPMorgan has fought aggressively in bankruptcy court to protect its interests, and received a lien on some of MF Global’s assets in exchange for granting the firm $8 million to fund its bankruptcy costs. The lien puts JPMorgan’s interests ahead of MF Global customers who have not yet received an estimated $900 million worth of money from their accounts, which remain frozen as regulators search for missing funds.

As it turns out, a week before JPMC was stalling on clearing MF Global’s sales, Jamie Dimon sent out an email to JPMC employees boasting about the firm’s expansion at a time of strife for the industry.

“2011 was another year of challenges, both for JPMorgan Chase and for countries around the world,” Dimon wrote in a year-end e-mail to staff. “There is a lot of frustration out there and more than a little hostility toward our industry.”

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JPMorgan hired 16,000 people in the U.S. in 2011, Dimon said in the letter, expanding its total workforce to more than 260,000 in a year when financial companies announced more than 200,000 job cuts and protests against Wall Street firms spread worldwide. The New York-based lender is adding about 175 branches a year in the U.S., he said.

“In the face of challenges, JPMorgan Chase is doing its part,” Dimon wrote. “We have not shrunk back.”

I tell you, indefinite detention looks better and better for Jamie Dimon.

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15 Responses to Shorter Jamie Dimon: “I am not a psychopath”

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bmaz Guess Holder's "ethical culture" didn't include prosecuting banksters that brought the US+world economy down. https://t.co/4t9pQjYxp9
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bmaz RT @DanLamothe: Lawyer for Navy officer accused in espionage case alleges entrapment by the FBI. https://t.co/zME3v41WNS https://t.co/zEZ3s
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bmaz @DonnaDiva Did I send any of that to you?? No. Yet here you are using me as a proxy for it. I like you, but that is BS.
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bmaz @DonnaDiva Not at all, but I am flat out accusing you of lying about it when you gratuitously apply it to me.
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bmaz @DonnaDiva It's got nothing to do w/her sex, is has to do with her being a disgusting politician. I may have to vote for her anyway. #Puke
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bmaz @DonnaDiva Because both are DLC, bought off Wall St semi-Republican assholes, additionally, Hillary is a total hammerhead warmonger.
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bmaz @DonnaDiva I included no misogyny whatsoever, so this is just another bullshit Clintonian slur and lie. I said Clintons plural.
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bmaz @DonnaDiva "Bernie Bros" was a dishonest pile of slurring scumbag shit. The Clintons can rot in fucking hell.
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emptywheel @LemonSlayerUS I listen on road trips, not around town. @joanneleon @ddayen
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emptywheel Jeebus. Turns out Allen Dulles would have been easy to Phish. But then so would Brennan... https://t.co/t9bFcckLEm
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emptywheel @LemonSlayerUS Right; read it while working out, walking your dog, commuting, traveling. @joanneleon @ddayen
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emptywheel @LemonSlayerUS @ddayen's, in a few weeks, bc he has a great narrator. I'm reading Greg Grandin's kissinger book which is good. @joanneleon
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