Not exactly your grandfather's gangster...
It used be be, guys in his position earned their respect, and they managed to do it without acting like mad dogs, IINM.
I've heard stories about Vegas in the good old days, when you could get a kicking from the mob just for insulting a waitress. Now it's the Don
himself berating innocent women and throwing his money around like a fat, stupid tourist.
Just goes to show you, decay is inevitable, no matter the organization, no matter the entity. EVERYTHING decays.
Half a million is an exhorbitant amount of money for a hit. Is inflation really that bad, or did he get gouged by the real power brokers in his new
environment? I think it's the latter...
The families lost almost everything they once had, and they're not alone. Organized crime all over took a huge hit when the government got in the
game. Unlimited resources makes it a foregone conclusion - the house always wins.
You can't win against criminals in office, when you're a criminal on the street.
The real organized crime power in America now has defacto control over the prisons, the labor market, the dollar's value, the laws, the courts, the
schools, the doctors, the food, the water, and the electricity/fuel/lumber, the petro-chemical cartels, as well as international drug smuggling and
human trafficking, not to mention booze and gambling and all the traditional vices save prostitution (which is only a matter of time).
How could the Italians or the Irish or the Jamaicans or anyone else compete against that sort of total domination? It's a lock; Game over. It's
the rought equivalent of a tiny store that only sells toothpaste and tires at a sizable markup trying to compete with a business two doors down that
sells everything under the sun (and owns the town, makes the laws, and arrests anyone patronizing or running your business).
All the old powers still exist, but they're facing an unprecedented challenge. They know it, and they're just trying to be quiet and still to avoid
being conspicuous. It was bad enough when they were just facing pressure from overseas, Japan and Russia and so on - now all those guys are in a
They're actually sealing their own doom by trying to hide and scurry away. The government's agenda has no sympathy for private interests at odds
with the 'greater' vision.
So any armed and organized group is a target for continued harrassment and sapping. The fact that they're
criminals gives the government so much power, it's ridiculous; a little label is all it takes to swing the balance, even if all the other factors
When the government lies, cheats, steals, and murders, it does so with authority, legitimized secrecy, and ultimately, with impunity. :shk:
Sorry for the long, rambling post; this subject is of great interest to me.
[edit on 19-4-2006 by WyrdeOne]