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Crime and punishment: Questions

McCoy argues that it is often conflicting policies and politicians that help fuel such criminal activity, even if inadvertently. It is a system that works nearly as well as the coercion used by Mafia goombas to get compliance. As McCoy writes, “This succession of policy regimes, from free trade to prohibition, has created a vast illicit commerce that may well survive any attempt at suppression – short of near perfect coercion” (192).

Thus we see in The Bluegrass Conspiracy how the relationship between law enforcement and organized crime is constructed. Often those at the highest levels of government and law enforcement responsible for cracking down on organized crime are, in deed, involved in its perpetuation themselves. Thorton’s attempt to leap from an airplane with $75 million in illicit drug proceeds is just one example. The Department of Justice’s cover up is another. The control of politicians by the wealthiest members of society who profit from organized crime is also readily apparent in The Bluegrass Conspiracy. Thus, before anything can occur that helps diminish this situation, the actual structure of society and government would need to change. Short of that, anyone who tries to stop it will be coerced into compliance or undermined in a similar or worse manner to Ralph Ross.

The relationship between state organized crime and the U.S. gover


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