It’s hard to tell people not to be angry with capitalism when the system is rewarding failure with millions of dollars in bankruptcy bonuses.

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Bloomberg has reported recently bankrupt companies including J.C. Penney and Hertz had provided executives with more than $131,000,000 in bonuses. 

On this episode of The Breakdown, NLW examines:

  • The logic behind these bonuses
  • Why that logic is stupid 
  • How this sort of reward for personal failure in the wake of 2008 led to the rise of populism on the right and left 
  • Why we should allow companies to fail 
  • Why people’s sense that the system is a crony system isn’t wrong

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