The United States' financial system is broken for all but a few at the top -- that much is plain. But given the complexity and size of Big Finance, it's hard to pin down why.
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Kiese Laymon is the author of the forthcoming novel, Long Division, and a book of essays titled How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America. He is an associate professor of English at Vassar College and a contributing editor for Gawker. He blogs at Cold Drank.