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(This is messed up, because Matt Taibbi was the one who made me feel like the conspiracy theories were paranoid bs, and things really couldn't be THAT bad, but they are, apparently.)
"Conspiracy theorists of the world, believers in the hidden hands of the Rothschilds and the Masons and the Illuminati, we skeptics owe you an apology. You were right. The players may be a little different, but your basic premise is correct: The world is a rigged game. We found this out in recent months, when a series of related corruption stories spilled out of the financial sector, suggesting the world's largest banks may be fixing the prices of, well, just about everything."