Banking - with its gray functionaries and experts - has taken the place of the Church and its priests and, controlling credit, manipulates and propels the faith - the scarce, dubious confidence - that our time still keeps. And it does it in the most irresponsible way, devoid of scruples, seeking to squeeze marginal profit out of the confidence and the hopes of human beings, fixing the credit of which everyone can partake and the price which everyone must pay for it (even the credit of nations, which have docilely abdicated their sovereignty). In this manner, controlling credit, banking governs not only the world, but also the future of humans -- a future that the crisis is always shortening and making expire.
And if today politics no longer seems possible, this is because the financial power has indeed sequestrated all the faith and all the future, all time and all expectations. In this hard situation, while our society that believes itself secular remains in servitude to the most obscure and irrational of religions, it will be well for everyone to reclaim credit and future alike from the hands of these dismal, discredited pseudo-priests, bankers, professors and functionaries of the various rating agencies. And maybe the first thing to do is to stop looking so much at the future, as these guys exhort us to do, but instead turn our gaze back to the past ... Archeology - not futurology - is the only access road to the present.
Giorgio Agamben, ending of an essay in La Repubblica, Feb. 16, 2012 (my translation)