Behold the Dreamers

Behold the Dreamers


Imbolo Mbue

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The Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, is an independent agency of the federal government that operates to protect investors; maintain fair, efficient, and orderly markets; and promote a financial market that the public can trust. The agency was created by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on June 6, 1934, when he signed the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as part of the New Deal. The agency was designed to restore public trust in capital markets after the financial crash of 1929. Clark Edwards tells his CEO, Tom, that the SEC has been complicit with Lehman Brothers’ fiscal irresponsibility by “playing dumb.”

SEC Quotes in Behold the Dreamers

The Behold the Dreamers quotes below are all either spoken by SEC or refer to SEC. For each quote, you can also see the other terms and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
The Sustainability of the American Dream Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin edition of Behold the Dreamers published in 2016.
Chapter 15 Quotes

“Because right now we're pulling these tricks and the SEC's playing dumb, but you know as well as I do that if this shit falls apart and the chaos starts spreading they're going to throw us out for the public to crucify, by claiming they didn’t know a damn thing, and we all know it's a lie.”

Related Characters: Clark Edwards (speaker), Jende Jonga, Tom
Related Symbols: The Doublers
Page Number: 100
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