Matthew Zeitlin wrote a stirring book review of Patrick Radden Keefe’s Empire of Pain on the Sacklers. “This pattern of elite, mainstream institutions enabling the Sacklers and Purdue is a constant throughout the book.” And also lots of other places…

The Mafia these days, for what it’s worth, operates at a far smaller scale than Purdue did at its OxyContin height and doesn’t usually get former senior Justice Department officials to represent them in court.

They also don’t get the privilege of declaring bankruptcy, another process that Keefe depicts as essentially captured by a bankruptcy bar where everyone knows each other and prizes “efficiency” over the kind of stuff mildly oleaginous plaintiffs lawyers talk about in front of juries: justice, fairness, right and wrong.

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