It’s impossible to entirely disassociate the relationships between money, power, and politics in today’s interconnected world.
Honestly, I’m not entirely sure why we ever really tried.
The results of the showdown will say a lot about the sort of economy that China is developing. If Ant and Alibaba are crippled by regulators — or its founder is personally targeted by investigators — it will go down as a landmark moment in the party’s fickle relationship with China’s private sector even though Mr Ma is, ironically, a party member himself.via FT
Even for the folks who are on the “inside”… there will always be (hidden) expectations of how you behave and what you believe. Learning to navigate these things is part of growing up but if you plan on being wealthy then you must also deal with the principles and practices of power and politics.
At the end of the day these are relationships in a variety of different degrees. And, the more clear you are about the lines and systems that stitch them together (and the ones that you’ve inserted yourself into) the better.
It’s never too late to exit, of course. But, it may mean that you also have to sacrifice everything else, too. It’s a bit like a “bundle” deal.