For its revelations on improprieties from Wall Street to academia, one might imagine that Inside Job could incite hundreds, if not hundreds of thousands, of righteous citizens to march into downtown Manhattan armed with chains and bats. In the melee, Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein would be wrapped in foreclosure notices and torched, while former Merrill Lynch CEO Stan O'Neal would be impaled on the company's bronze bull. But if there's a resounding message here, it's that nothing of the sort will likely happen. Not as long as Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps trumps Inside Job at the box office, and Obama stocks his cabinet with the same characters who catalyzed this disaster in the first place.
"I don't think that things have gotten much safer," says Ferguson. "What I do believe — along with a lot of other people — is that in the next five or 10 years we'll face something similar again."
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