When Talking About Organized Crime, at least as it is Categorized in the U.S. and Most Industrialized Countries in the World Today, we are Referring to a Recent Invention.
How Man Governs,Goes to War,
Conducts Business etc., has changed over the Centuries, and so has the Strategy and Tactics that Enable One Person or Persons to Take what Another Has, Without Permission, Proper Recompense, and Negative Consequences.
Of course Crime is more than just Theft, but Financial Windfalls are at the Heart of Virtually Every Unlawful Activity. All Roads seem to Lead there.
But I'm getting Ahead of Myself, so Lets return to the History of Organized Crime.
(To be Abbreviated O.C in the Future.)
In the Broadest Dense, O.C has existed Throughout Recorded History. BANDITRY on Land, and PIRACY on the Water, have Targeted Civilizations from the Greco- Roman World to Imperial China, and the Infant Nation called the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. The Key? Go where the Wealth is, or Plunder and Rob those Populations unable to stop you.
However, Modern Day Organized Crime differs from what we see in the Past, on Several Key Points;
- There is Less Reliance on the Single Individual Leader, which Allows for the Continuation of Criminal Enterprises, with an Emphasis on Succession.
- The Concept of MONEY LAUNDERING, WHICH MEANS USING PROCEEDS FROM CRIMINAL ACTS TO FUND LEGITIMATE/LEGAL ACTIVITIES, USUALLY IN THE BUSINESS SECTOR.
- That it is Often More Beneficial to BRIBE, PAYOFF, OR CORRUPT LEGAL AUTHORITIES, INSTEAD OF FIGHTING THEM.
- On a Regular Basis to Encourage and Reward the Rank and File for Services Rendered.
TO BE CONTINUED.