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Warlords of Crime: Chinese Secret Societies--The New Mafia Hardcover – September 1, 1988
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From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.
- Item Weight : 1.4 pounds
- Hardcover : 289 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0070506000
- ISBN-13 : 978-0070506008
- Publisher : McGraw-Hill; 1st Edition (September 1, 1988)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,540,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Posner finds that some of the police officers who have sold out to the warlords often have the best arrest records. It turns out that the warlords do everything to help their partners in law enforcement to publicly look good as possible. Even allowing some of their less esteemed comrades to be arrested is accepted as a price to be willingly paid. The risks are high and rewards mostly nonexistent for lawmen poorly paid and commonly despised. The Oriental culture often does not perceive policemen as professionals deserving of honor. On the contrary, only the so called economic losers usually apply for police training. Needless to add, many of those choosing this line of work do so for corrupt reasons. It should be added that policemen at the turn of the twentieth century in the United States were also thought to be jerks and too lazy to do anything else. Warm respect for police officers is far more prevalent in countries actively encouraging political and cultural equality of the masses. Unfortunately, just like governments in Central and South America desperately trying to evolve towards democratic stability, the Asian nations have the added burden of drug money threatening their fragile political institutions.
I have enormous respect for Gerald Posner. Nonetheless, I am compelled to confront him with an awkward and disturbing question. In this book, Posner refers to the routine torture practiced upon suspected Asian drug lawbreakers in their respective homelands. Posner does not condone such police behavior, but neither does he condemn it. One distinctly gets the impression that Posner at least subconsciously accepts this as a price that must be grudgingly accepted if we are to win the war on drugs. What does Posner believe about our current efforts to defeat the drug barons? Should we, as I strongly advocate, host the white flag of surrender? Posner thinks the legalization of drugs would likely entice some people to experiment with drugs that might otherwise continue to shun such self destructive behavior. I have no reason to disagree with Posner on this point. That is indeed what occurred when the USA ended its national prohibition of alcohol. Almost certainly this phenomenon will be repeated if we also legalize drugs. Nonetheless, do we not have larger concerns demanding our attention? Should we continue to jeopardize the civil liberties and safety of all citizens to protect the few who may be seduced into a life of low self esteem and existential wastefulness? Illicit drugs are ridiculously low in price and virtually available in most areas of the United States. Have I perhaps overlooked a more recent appraisal of the drug war by Gerald Posner? Has he thoroughly thought about this matter since 1988? If not, it's time for the author to revisit the issues surrounding the "Warlords of Crime."