Since the evisceration of the Glass-Steagall Act made banking inseparable from graft and corruption, it's not just the banks that run the place: it's also criminal cartels with the ethos of Organized Crime families. Let this list serve as Exhibit A:
"And yet among the men who signed this letter were: Michael Hayden, who ran an illegal wiretap program encompassing all Americans and repeatedly, egregiously lied to Congress; George Tenet, who oversaw a torture program that exceeded even the expansive guidelines approved by DOJ; Leon Panetta, who exposed the identities of SEAL team members who killed Osama bin Laden so Hollywood could celebrate their role in a film falsely proclaiming of the value of torture."
Then in response to this:
"And yet they refuse to learn."
Learning (stated in a Mae West voice) has nothing to do with it! This is power holding Justice and those who serve Just Ideals in contempt.
When a nation is run by those with an intent to kill = MIC and professional warriors; and when it uses its highest offices to endorse torture, break too many covenants from both the Constitution, Geneva Conventions, and Bill of Rights; and when unspeakable wealth is unapologetically buying the very policies that will spread war, misery, and privation further and further around... such a government has lost ALL legitimacy.
In the place of law and justice, transparency and legitimacy it punishes any who dare to expose its criminal acts: Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning, Drake, Kirakou, Snowden, Sterling and others. Then they prop up American Dynasty offering a Bush or a Clinton to pretend that a functioning Democracy remains in place.