There has been a sinister element to banking and a general distrust of bankers throughout much of history. I was struck by this quote from a character in the movie named Umberto Calvini who right before he was shot and killed told burnt out Interpol dude and laughably hot NY DA chick that;
...This is the very essence of the banking industry; to make us all, whether we be nations or individuals; slaves to debt.
While I am not sure that banks are as evil as implied in that quote or in the movie (although the bank in the movie was based to some extent on a real bank that shut down in 1991) I found the quote to be thought provoking and made the movie worthwhile. Well that and the 90 minute shoot out in the Guggenheim.
Anyone reading this site for a while knows I am a big fan of getting debt paid off and generally avoiding credit card use (except for cash back and where the balance is paid off every month) and while I'm not sure I would liken it to slavery it certainly is liberating to be out from under.