by Alex Kainer at Alex Krainer’s TrendCompass
Last week brought us another mega-scandal as another celebrated, multi-billion dollar success story turned out to be a massive fraud. As more details emerge about FTX and its young founder, Sam Bankman-Fried, the outlines of the story increasingly resemble another mega-scandal, Theranos. It would appear that our financial-political-media complex has developed a template for industrial scale fraud.
The template includes a genius entrepreneur – a brilliant, magnanimous person who’d pull him/her/itself by the bootstraps to become an instant billionaire. It also includes murky family connections, protection in high places, dirty political dealings, overflowing praise for the venture and its founder, and a rapid ascent to success.
Last October, I published a three-part series analyzing these aspects of Theranos, which remains one of the most fascinating stories I’d come across over the years. Theranos was also demonstrably related to the pandemic we have recently experienced, but the media reports about it universally ignored that aspect of the scandal. The links to the series are below:
I have summarized the three articles in the following YouTube report:…Continue Reading