Best I can tell, most of the folks in the organized crime industry care a lot more about the ‘organized’ part than they do the ‘crime.’

Organized as in: who’s up and who’s down. Who gets to decide. Who’s in charge and who has power.

The crime is simply a shortcut.

The same is true for people on Wall Street. The money is simply a means to keep score of the organized part.

When people are willing to sacrifice their principles to take shortcuts, when they’re willing to bully or cheat or lie to get more status, we are understandably disdainful. Because the boundaries matter. Because we can see that once someone is willing to cheat a little to win, they’re probably willing to cheat a lot.


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