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McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld Paperback – April 7, 2009
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The stories in this book are mind-blowing not just in the creative ways that international criminals get around legalities and quickly learn to exploit the latest laws and technology, but also because they are so widespread and so injurious to what we have come to respect as a normal, ordered civilized and moral existence. Organized international criminals are resourceful, intelligent and intent on colonizing the world with a new set of decadent values. A new "Criminal world order is already deep in the making.
In most of the rest of the world, a reliance on an underground economy is an existential imperative (in post-Communist Russia, for instance, Nigeria, or Albania and indeed most of the poorer countries in the Middle East). The King of the underground economy, whether in the first or the third world is drugs: The West seems to be the carriers of a disease that makes drugs a necessity, and the rest of the world is all too anxious to apply a remedy for us.
But even if drugs were shutdown completely there is still trafficking in pirated goods, in humans, mostly young women being forced to go from poorer to more advanced countries; and now also computer and identity thefts.
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For glaring example, the Yakuza crime syndicates gradually evolved into a parallel legal system in Japan, then foundering in their own inefficiencies, began subcontracting their day to day rough work to the Chinese Triads.
The lesson here is disturbing to the idealist mentality, because Misha Glenny is clearly pointing to the inescapable conclusion. Mafia like organizations are becoming increasingly interlinked and coordinated and resultantly imposing their values, tastes, methods, and derangements on a world order poorly equipped to monitor them, much less curtail their activities.
Many luxury items such as caviar and cocaine are now thoroughly controlled through distribution networks that seem actually more sophisticated than their legitimate corporate counterparts, while just as many counterfeit luxury items are manufactured and distributed by the same organizations.
Without belaboring the point, it is hard to avoid the conclusion that the world is on the brink of a regulatory crisis phase where tax evasion, counterfeiting, human trafficing, militarized organ harvesting operations, wholesale corruption, social brutalization and cultural degeneracy are inseparably intertwined.Read more ›
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This extraordinary book by Misha Glenny is like catnip to someone like me -- a lover of black markets, arbitrage and other forms of "living in cracks. Read morePublished 4 months ago by David Zetland
great book, a great read for those interested in the dark side of global commercePublished 9 months ago by Brandon
I read this book a few years ago & was very impressed with the amount of info. in it & the author's style & quality of writing. If you like books re. Read morePublished 9 months ago by DeSade
Super interesting book. Glenny is a great writer and this account of how all those "barons of industry" popped up in the former communist countries is both intriguing and... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Zippy
Oh my, who knew that the world was run by international Mafia's. Well researched, kept me interested.Published 20 months ago by Heidi Peters
Highly detailed, seems to be very thorough, and I would have found it easier reading if the links among countries along his theme had been more explicit, but a very important, and... Read morePublished 22 months ago by spider queen