In a follow-up post to this rare, lucid example I would like to point my reader in the direction of this forum thread and the text of Matt Taibbi's recent article on the investment bank for Rolling Stone that is contained within it.
"But this is it. This is the world we live in now. And in this world, some of us have to play by the rules, while others get a note from the principal excusing them from homework till the end of time, plus 10 billion free dollars in a paper bag to buy lunch. It's a gangster state, running on gangster economics, and even prices can't be trusted anymore; there are hidden taxes in every buck you pay. And maybe we can't stop it, but we should at least know where it's all going."