Yes, Washington is pervasively corrupt and through Federal mandates, federal monies, so are most of the states. Big cities are corrupt on their own. Boardrooms have also been corrupted by Washington, and the culture in general is sinking into a different kind of corruption. Corruption has its roots in the lack of accountability and the drift then gallop away from inherited values. They are linked. Libertarians such as Mitchell propose the only policies that could reverse the process in Washington. But only individuals can reverse, one by one, the general cultural corruption and libertarians, who are as materialistic as anyone else on that score need a deeper grasp of the non material roots of our once great success.