I’ve been in New York City. It’s a fascinating place, and very strange. I’ve found it far more different and foreign than London. In many ways it seems not like the largest economy in the world and an economic superpower. It’s shabby and there is evidence everywhere that capitalism is broken.

Take these photos of ATMs taken around the main streets of hipster central Williamsburg in Brooklyn. It looks like some dodgy third world country where you cannot trust that your card won’t be skimmed and your account cleaned out.

Is this a true indication of the greed of the banking system in this country? It evidently does not care to provide many official bank ATMs that provide a guarantee of authenticity and safety for consumers. These generic ATMs are bountiful, with a dozen or more per block, but they all look suspect and tell a desperate story of decline and neglect.

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