When I think about our institutions and insiderness vs. outsiderness, I think of this quote from Eve in the first episode of the fifth season of Angel when the team is given the reins of the evil law firm Wolfram and Hart:
You can shut this place down, but… then…well, then you wouldn’t have it anymore. If the place closes down, the connections dry up. Evil goes next door. This is the catch—I’m explaining the catch so you don’t have to stand around wondering what it is. See, in order to keep this business running, you have to keep this business running. And that means keeping your clients—most of them, anyway—happy.