posted on Apr, 20 2009 @ 09:56 PM
I was reading a thread on ATS about the Dixie Mafia. They kill people, grow drugs, steal things, etc. It got me wondering why the 'mafia' (yes I
know the Dixie Mafia is nothing like the real Mafia) engages in criminal acts like gun trafficking, drugs, killing, etc. when they could engage in
legitimate business practices, be profitable, and stay off the cops' radars.
Obviously the members of a mafia or gang are highly committed to each other and to the purpose of the group. If they stopped selling drugs and
killing people, and started, say, a construction business, they could make lots of money, legally. It might get into a moral and ethical grey area,
say if one member gives a lucrative contract to another, but it's hardly the same as contract killings, drug trafficking, etc.
Would this work? Do they do this already, but we only hear about the illegal stuff because the LEGAL stuff is even more on the 'down-low'? I'm
describing something kind of like the 'good 'ol boys' club, but closer, more tightly knit and dedicated to a common goal. Seems to me if a group
of people with diverse yet interdependent skills got together, they could wield major influence in a city if they really wanted to.