Stories by William K. Black

William Black is the author of The Best Way to Rob a Bank Is to Own One and an associate professor of economics and law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He spent years working on regulatory policy and fraud prevention as executive director of the Institute for Fraud Prevention, litigation director of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board and deputy director of the National Commission on Financial Institution Reform, Recovery and Enforcement, among other positions. subscribe to William K. Black's feed

Posted on: Jan 9, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Christie's aides should have read the Mitt Romney memo from 2012.

Posted on: Nov 15, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Chileans can push for opposition to a secretive, multi-national trade agreement that throws open the floodgates to global corporate domination.

Posted on: Oct 4, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Why do people like Tyler Cowen still equate wealth with merit? Many rich people are just crooks.

Posted on: Sep 30, 2013, Source: Benzinga

Elite fraudsters give capitalism a bad name. So why don't conservatives denounce them?

Posted on: Sep 19, 2013, Source: New Economic Perspectives

Dogmatic austerity still plagues the Obama administration, and it costs the 99%.

Posted on: Aug 15, 2013, Source: AlterNet

A former BofA executive gets sued for fraud, then hired by Fannie Mae.

Posted on: Aug 13, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The field of economics is tumult, strewn with discredited theories and tarnished reputations.

Posted on: Aug 8, 2013, Source: Benzinga

How the Department of Justice enables criminal fraudsters at Bank of America to flourish.

Posted on: Jul 22, 2013, Source: New Economic Perspectives

The principles they proclaim demand a new Glass-Steagall, and they could give the president a fight.

Posted on: Jul 15, 2013, Source: Benzinga

Appraisers, prosecutors, and industry tried to tell the Fed about a massive fraud crisis, but no one was listening.

Posted on: May 29, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The work of Alan Greenspan and other unethical economists has cost us trillions of dollars, millions of jobs and endless suffering.

Posted on: Apr 30, 2013, Source: New Economic Perspectives

Low wages and horrible conditions are just dandy in the neoclassical economic textbook.

Posted on: Apr 17, 2013, Source: New Economic Perspectives

Raising taxes to decrease inequality is a well-meaning idea -- but a destructive one.

Posted on: Apr 10, 2013, Source: New Economic Perspectives

Lew spends Spring Break in Europe with fellow austerity hawks who promote harmful economic nonsense.

Posted on: Apr 2, 2013, Source: New Economic Perspectives

Like every Pete Peterson front group, Third Way is dedicated to shredding the safety net and self-destructive austerity.

Posted on: Mar 22, 2013, Source: New Economic Perspectives

Yglesias betrays his foolish view of economics and banking in his take on Cyprus.

Posted on: Mar 1, 2013, Source: New Economic Perspectives

We have to kill austerity before it kills us.

Posted on: Feb 27, 2013, Source: New Economic Perspectives

President Obama has revealed his real preferences in the current blame game by not calling for a clean bill eliminating the Sequester.

Posted on: Jan 17, 2013, Source: New Economic Perspectives

Wall Street billionaire Pete Peterson, through his many groups and allies, has pushed a dangerous austerity agenda.

Posted on: Jan 2, 2013, Source: New Economic Perspectives

Mr. O'Rourke is one slice short of a pie.

Posted on: Dec 25, 2012, Source: New Economic Perspectives

Obviously, the fiscal cliff is stupid policy and economic poison.

Posted on: Nov 14, 2012, Source: AlterNet

The "Grand Bargain" talk around D.C. is chock full of lies and incoherence.

Posted on: Nov 8, 2012, Source: Benzinga

Through its lobbying group Third Way and media mouthpieces, Wall Street is determined to destroy the social safety net.

Posted on: Oct 19, 2012, Source: Benzinga

GOP candidates can't get their stories straight on the deficit. Maybe because they're both full of baloney.

Posted on: Sep 19, 2012, Source: Benzinga

BPI's business has tanked since the public learned about the nasty stuff secretly added to burgers. Now it's attacking First Amendment rights.

Posted on: Aug 17, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Saletan is head-over-heals in love with Paul Ryan and his DOA budget fantasy.

Posted on: Jun 13, 2012, Source: New Economic Perspectives

Why are politicians getting away with deliberately creating a system in which elite white-collar crime can flourish?

Posted on: Jun 5, 2012, Source: New Economic Perspectives

How can Playboy consider heterodox economic theories that much of the mainstream press dismisses?

Posted on: May 28, 2012, Source: New Economic Perspectives

When Romney is in a hurry, his lying skills evaporate, as they did recently in a Time Magazine interview.

Posted on: May 7, 2012, Source: New Economic Perspectives

International business reporters are helping the economic quacks who prescribe austerity snake oil.

Posted on: Apr 16, 2012, Source: New Economic Perspectives

Economists who apologize for elite fraud and support the wreckage of our financial system should be driven out of the public sphere.

Posted on: Apr 11, 2012, Source: New Economic Perspectives

Tough, smart, effective, and apolitical regulators are key to avoiding rampant fraud and future financial crises.

Posted on: Apr 1, 2012, Source: New Economic Perspectives

White collar criminologist William K. Black sees the JOBS Act as a facilitator of fraud and a regulatory race to the bottom.

Posted on: Mar 5, 2012, Source: New Economic Perspectives

James Q. Wilson's famous “broken windows” theory led to strict policing of working class behavior. What if his ideas were applied to Wall Street?

Posted on: Feb 14, 2012, Source: Benzinga

Oklahama's state attorney general is at war with the federal government. Is this a case of Confederacy-lite?

Posted on: Feb 6, 2012, Source: New Economic Perspectives

The propaganda of Holder and Obama can't hide the fact that the administration is not serious about prosecuting mortgage fraud.

Posted on: Jan 20, 2012, Source: New Economic Perspectives

Apple's bombshell report on its suppliers shows anti-employee practices as common as iPods. White collar criminologist William K. Black investigates.

Posted on: Jan 16, 2012, Source: Benzinga

Alan Greenspan touted 'reputation' as the characteristic that made possible trust and free markets. He was dead wrong.

Posted on: Dec 20, 2011, Source: Benzinga

The white collar criminologist calls out Bush and Obama for not prosecuting financial fraud and demands an end to the free pass for campaign contributors.

Posted on: Nov 10, 2011, Source: New Economic Perspectives

When seismic regulators fail and builders seek short-term profits, the magnitude of human tragedy is enormous. And it can happen here.

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