What’s new since the crisis of 2008 really?

In the project ”In Gold We Trust” that I will present in part during the Museum Night, I explore the causes and consequences of the global financial crisis that started in 2008 as well as the practices that are wide-spread in the financial world. My motivation to do so comes from the fact that the financial world influences our lives a lot more than we thing and that their doings remain in general invisible. I also think that we take too many things for granted. For sure, I do. What happens behind closed doors and on computers at banks or at the stock exchanges is far from being harmless. Auto-regulation seems to have fail. In the US, intensive speculation on mortgages has led to the complete collapse of the housing market. In The Netherlands, banks had to be saved with taxpayer money and be nationalized. Why is that? Why should the profits be private and the losses public? Why should a commercial company that took too much risk be saved? If I follow the market logic, such a company only deserve to die. … But that is not the way it goes… Too big to fail…
We don’t hear much these days about financial institutions and the attempt at making the system safer. We don’t hear much about shadow banking, about bonuses, about speculation. After being in the spotlight for a little while, the financial world returned to darkness and to ”business as usual”. Almost all the mechanisms, practices¬† and ideology that led to the crisis of 2008 are still in place. The Netherlands is no different from the US. That’s what I find scary. That’s what irritates me. And that’s what I want to explore.