The following, abridged, is taken from a conversation Beige Shiba had regarding the FTX situation. Irrelevant elements were edited out. Emphasis added by me.
I actually listened to a rather good podcast taking on this whole FTX thing, it's just that it's a leftie podcast analysing it through a Marxist lens...
Basically, IMO it's as good an analysis as it's possible to do while avoiding the elephant of the room in terms of how all the bad actors (bankers, regulators & press/PR goons) all hang out together at the same place on Saturday.
(Since lefties can never admit this because that would mean admitting that righties are correct about something, which their delicate egos cannot allow. Also admitting it means being cut off from the banking and finance systems which these people totally don't control in a cartel-like fashion)
But as long as you're willing to tolerate that glaring blind spot, it's a good take. At the very least the lefty podcasters are able to acknowledge the systems are completely and utterly corrupt, even if they refuse to admit who is behind the corruption.
Meanwhile apart from outliers like us, righties simply refuse to admit that institutions are horribly corrupt and illegitimate. They'll simp for "Law and Order" even as the boot crushes their windpipe.
The problem is that we're low key surrounded by either boot tasting enjoyers, or libertarian losers whos reaction to learning that the government is basically just another gang is to go "Well clearly, I need to set out on my own and be a super inviting target for organised predatory gangs"
Lefties are mostly profiting off the corruption so their objection to it is mostly just performative and righties mostly refuse to admit the corruption exists or even if they do, refuse to engage in any actually effective mitigation strategies.
There are some folks on the Right that talk about Legitimacy and the State. Not enough people listen to them.
This needs to be hammered as if it were by the fist of an angry God. You are not obligated to serve or obey that which preys upon you and yours. A State that betrays the purpose that justifies its existence--for the West, under the nation-state, that is to serve and protect the nation that granted its existence and benefits from it--is not legitimate and therefore is owed neither obedience nor allegience.
Yet Western states do just that.
They are captured by Empire. Who, or what, do those captured states serve? That is the Imperial party of the West; cut that head off and Empire in the West falls.