Invisible to the naked eye, the financial system shapes the lives of billions and determines the fate of our planet. Like temples, its buildings dominate the business districts and high streets of every town and city, incarnations of the US$400 trillion in financial assets that now exist only in our collective electronic memory. Things that for most people are solid to the touch – such as people and Nature – are at best reflected by the financial system as ‘intangible assets’. And when people seek to change the system, the response for much of history has been, “You can’t do that: finance is sacred.”

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