Prior to embarking on his new career as an alleged pirate king of the bounding main, Steve Bannon used to talk bullishly about destroying the “administrative state.” Recently, there have been two epic reported stories that went spelunking into what that actually means. First, the good people at ProPublica went deeply into the history of how the meatpacking industry blew off a decade’s worth of warnings that, in the event of a pandemic, their facilities would convert themselves into thriving germ factories.

Read the rest of Charlie Pierce’s piece at Esquire