Published on Monday, October 21, 2013 by The Nation

James Dimon, chairman and CEO of JP Morgan Chase & Co., speaks at a conference, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)JPMorgan Chase, the star of mega-banks, is up against the wall at the Justice Department, trying to settle its myriad crimes for $13 billion. That’s real money, even for a trillion-dollar bank. So this is progress. After years of scandalous indifference, the Obama administration appears to have found its backbone.

Better late than never, grumpy citizens can say. But that doesn’t settle the matter. Four years ago, Senator Ted Kaufman of Delaware crisply described the more fundamental problem posed by the wantonly reckless behemoths of Wall Street.

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