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In Defense of Gangs

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Ever since I was a small child, I was fascinated by organized crime. Sure, what kid hasn’t dreamt of being a robber in the eternal conflict between cops and robbers, but there was a deeper connection there — I marveled at the organized, hierarchical, and methodical ways in which organized crime groups went about committing crime. And what crime at that — it’s one thing to plan a bank robbery, quite another to run a smuggling operation which lasts decades. I was familiar with the theory and practice of money laundering at age 8.

Now, part of it was due to the influence of my father, who had a similar interest in organized crime. He, however, had a better excuse for his morbid fascination: he was in criminal justice specializing in organized crime cases. In practice, this meant that any time precocious little Nicky Jeelvy would ask that perennial question which vexes parents across the world: “Daddy, whatcha doin’?” a lecture on the various clever ways in which mafiosi operate was forthcoming.

The former libertarian in me is quick to remember the Rothbardian quip of “The state is a gang of thieves writ large.” Yet that same libertarianism made me blind to the nature of the gang of thieves — I sometimes allowed myself the fantasy of considering gangsters free-market heroes setting their entrepreneurial sails to the wind of supply and demand, the law and state be damned. Al Capone is Andrew Carnegie with bigger balls. My father suffered from a similar myopia — he assumed that an organized crime entity is fundamentally an economic actor and that strangulating its resources can defeat it. What libertarians like to forget, what the public servants tasked with fighting organized crime tend to forget, is the symmetric property of algebra, that if a=b than b=a, or translated from nerdeese — that the gang of thieves is a state writ small. Or mathematically, for s-state, g-gang of thieves, then if s=g*x, then g=s/x, where x is the scale factor (writ large or small) of the organized group. This means that while there is an economic element to both the state and gang, the defining characteristic of both groups is the ability and willingness to use violence.

When looking closer at what an organized crime group does, we can draw various conclusions as to their primary source of money. Thus, we say that Al Capone ran liquor, the cartel smuggles drugs and migrants, the (((Russian))) mafya deals in guns and white slavery, and the CIA traffics heroin. But all of these groups don’t do that – they have people who do that for them. They’re running protection rackets on these illicit businesses. To get a better picture, let’s look at this ridiculous case of academics blaming lemons for the rise of the Sicilian mafia. They do a good job of gathering the data, that yes, lemons as a cash crop attracted the mafia, but the rather sensational claim that lemons gave rise to the mafia misses the way the mafia was associated with the lemons. The mafiosi were running a protection racket on the lemon groves. Analogies are drawn to the cartels controlling lime production in Mexico and coca growing in Colombia, but the researchers and the journalists don’t seem to understand that power is the primary resource of gangs and that violence is a gang’s primary activity.

Power is the chief characteristic of the state as well. As libertarians are fond of pointing out, the state has no resources of its own — it taxes businesses and people to cover its expenses. Or to put it on a human scale, the state takes from he who has grown, by virtue of its greater might. Now, this is not necessarily a bad thing — this tough guy who takes your shit, as they say on the street, might actively defend you against even bigger demons out there — gangs of thieves who’ve not deigned to remain stationary and tax. Crime offers us an analogy again — organized crime gangs will often crack down on lone criminals and lesser gangs who operate on their turf. A monopoly on the use of force is a wonderful thing to have, and force doesn’t brook plurality. If there are two or more gangs with overlapping territory, they fight over turf. If there are two or more states with overlapping territory, they fight a war. If a hegemonic state senses a threat to its sphere of influence from either a rival hegemon or a refractory nation seeking sovereignty, it fights a war, either directly, or through proxies. And there’s of course a special case, wherein a gang of men attain sufficient power to challenge and vex the state while simultaneously acting out on territory they control the role of a state — a civil war.

Power, or as they say on the street, muscle, is what makes a gang or a state function and rival power centers aren’t tolerated. We are, of course, talking about hard power centers here. Soft power centers such as companies, churches, families, unions and other corporate bodies aren’t threats to the state or the gang directly, though their influence can vex such powers. More often than not, soft power bows to hard power and the aforementioned types of organizations do the bidding of the state or gang, whoever pulls the strings and whoever has the bishop’s balls in a vice. Sometimes, the bishop or CEO will go mad with soft power and promptly get put in his place. For a cinematic example, see Moe Greene. For a real-life example, see the Avignon papacy.

Concentrated muscle is the chief skill of the gang/state. The ability to raise, attract, cultivate, organize, arm, motivate, and direct muscle is the stuff of leadership. Therefore, it’s important to understand not only the nature, but the source of muscle.

This article was conceived from a humorous exchange I had with my wife. I was being a rather naughty boy, and she threatened to tell my mother. I stuck out my tongue at her. Then my better half threatened to tell my grandfather. Believe me, friends, there’s not been in the history of coquetry a faster-vanishing grin, to be replaced by somber clouds and a heavy brow. Triumphantly, the wife exclaimed — “Aha! That’ll fix you! I’ll call the elder elephant to teach you manners!” referring of course to the tale of adolescent elephants who were raised by elephant cows alone running wild until the appearance of the bull elephants, who taught them manners. Absent their elders, the adolescent elephants formed into violent gangs. As in human society, the sons of single mothers unleash hell on earth.

That tale is the favorite of civnats in explaining away racial differences in crime rates. Ya see, it’s because the blacks’ fathers are gone that they turn to crime. Checkmate, racists! Of course, that blacks have a greater propensity to abandon their children is not touched upon. Oh, and gangs are obviously bad, right?


What I suspect goes on the mind of a fatherless adolescent, whether elephant or man, is that it craves structure, a hierarchy, a sense of belonging, and a sense of purpose. A gang provides all four. But what of the adolescent with a father? Does he not crave those same things? And if so, why doesn’t he join a gang? Well, who says he doesn’t? He joins his father’s gang, which in the contemporary West is civilized society — that which exists in the shadow of a state. Absent a father, or a significantly strong male influence, a young man has no way of being initiated into the structure of society, he has no sponsor and mentor to guide him through the various degrees. He is outside of the society, milling about with the foreigners and women in that great, sticky amorphous goop which constitutes they who aren’t part of the club. Now, women, that’s just the way they like it — they can hack it. Men, on the other hand, need a brotherhood. Absent acceptance into the lodge of their fathers, they form their own clubs. They form the state writ small — a gang of thieves. Gangs are important. As the meme goes, individually we are weak twigs, but together we form a mighty faggot.

Something as simple as cleaning out the garbage from the basement is a nigh-impossible task for a man acting alone, but add a sidekick, and the heroics of hygiene commence. More important still is companionship. Set two or more men to working a single task and sooner or later, they’re gonna start busting balls — and they’ll be closer than brothers for it. Where I come from, there’s always a guy riding shotgun in public buses. He’s the bus driver’s buddy, and his job is to shoot the shit with the bus driver, and his payment is free transportation, often for shady wheeling and dealing around town. Life’s tough when there’s no one to talk to. For a man shut out of the official hierarchy, out of the big gang, life is a lonely place and he is exposed to the whims of the world.

I’ve often been annoyed by cuckservatives and civnats bellyaching about rap “glorifying gang culture.” Now, don’t get me wrong — there’s plenty wrong with rap, if you accept your own whiteness. It’s dull and repetitive, it unlocks energies best left hidden, it’s pathetically lowbrow, lower than all but the lowest whites, it doesn’t even begin to unlock the great universe of music, but there’s nothing inherently wrong with it, insofar as one is black. Rap is an authentic expression of blackness.

Gangs, for their part, aren’t bad either. They are the basic form of male self-organization and those things we derisively call gangs are “bad” insofar as they stand opposed to the biggest gang of them all — the state. How typical of cucks to find that there are white people victimized by black gangs, and then condemn gangs as such.

But gangs are tools — young men bring the muscle and leaders direct, organize and marshal the muscle and all attendant resources which muscle requires.

And here we come to our own current situation. Some of us have lost our fathers for various reasons and we are denied entry into the big gang. But increasingly, we are shut out of the big gang for the very simple reason that the big gang doesn’t want our kind. And by kind I mean race and nationality.

Well, what did you expect? You don’t get to be a mafioso if you’re not of Sicilian descent, and you don’t get to pull the levers of power if you’re not of any of the approved ethnicities. Even mind-boggling cuckery isn’t enough to mollify the anti-white censors, as the white, male Democrats in the US are finding out. Not even the levers of power — you don’t get to be anywhere and not bow your head to diversity. How long before a white janitor is out on his ass for questioning globohomo dogma?

When the big gang itself is compromised, when its values are against our survival, we no longer owe it allegiance, even though our fathers may implore us to join. No matter the admonition of the bull elephants, we have to run wild for now. Our fathers had good-+-+ lives in the shadow of a somewhat sympathetic state, whereas we can only languish under the rainbow-colored boot of multiracial democracy. A parallel from organized crime: it’s one thing to sell olive oil under the watchful eye of Don Vito Genovese, quite another to shake in your boots as bloodthirsty blacks and Hispanics devour entire neighborhoods, flood cities with drugs, and steal everything that isn’t nailed down.

We, as the melancholic in me is fond of pointing out, will not have the good life. We white elephants running wild, we are incorrigible because we know it. No wife, no children, no house is forthcoming if we behave. So, why behave? Elder elephants be damned, we won’t go quietly into the night. Our trunks arrayed in Roman salutes, we’ll rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Before I get accused of anything untoward, no, this is not a call for forming a violent armed gang to overthrow the state. But it is a call for forming a männerbund. Reach out to fellow travelers in your area, convert friends and family. At the very least, you’ll have people ready to help you move, clean out your basement, pave your driveway, haul your laundry across town and fix your wife’s computer on a Sunday night. And make no mistake, the turd neareth, ever so certainly, the fan. Pretty soon, the last vestiges of the big gang’s protection against the elements and enemies will disappear and you’ll find yourself in need of an organization both fraternal and military to protect you and yours. You need muscle. Start pumping iron. And more importantly, surround yourself with muscle.

And who knows? Leadership is a skill that can be learned, and the best teacher of leadership is adversity. In this crazy day and age, you, my dear reader-friend, might end up being the capo di tutti capi, the boss of the White Elephant Mafia.


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  1. Ty
    Posted February 26, 2019 at 5:21 am | Permalink

    I don’t know that I would defend gangs. I get the point, but our culture already goes soft on gangs as it is. Cesare Mori wrapped up the mob pretty quick. Rodrigo Duterte wrapped it up even quicker. Many other such men have existed; I’d rather glorify them.

  2. Peter Quint
    Posted February 26, 2019 at 7:41 am | Permalink

    I admit I have long romanticized about being a successful criminal, getting hooked on “Breaking Bad” didn’t help. It is a psychological escape from this shitty jew world in which we live.

  3. Ovidiu
    Posted February 26, 2019 at 8:37 am | Permalink

    “Something as simple as cleaning out the garbage from the basement is a nigh-impossible task for a man acting alone, but add a sidekick, and the heroics of hygiene commence…”

    You only need money for that, you don’t need friends or a gang. Commerce, hence also the service economy, flourishes in those societies which are well “centralized”, i.e., where the power of the state reigns supreme and the state-police is very effective in enforcing contracts and in preventing and punishing robbery or any other form of individual (or group/gang) violence .

    In such societies, being them USA or the Imperial Rome at its height (1-2 c. AD) , you only need money -and you need them badly because everyone else also doesn’t give a damn on your friendship (doesn’t need it in exchange for his friendship) since he knows that with money he can buy whatever services you, or anyone else, may have to offer him.
    The social-hierarchy in such societies is also established by wealth. They are ruled by an oligarchy not by an aristocracy of virtue or excellence.
    These commerce-based societies, Gesellschaft-societies, as oppossed to Gemeinschaft – community-based, as Ferdinand Tonnies called them, breed the individualist-liberal mindset. The radical-individual who sees himself as dissociated from the larger society, who doesn’t need family and friends (let alone a gang, a tight community to belong, or ‘racial consciousness’/nationalism). The individual who doesn’t need children of his own to take care of him when he gets old. Money (not family bonds, friendly affection, or ethnic-community cohesion) is his life-insurance. They will secure him any “help” he may want when he is old, or a nursing home. Hence, family formation declines, demography plummets, divorce and family disintegration/estrangement happens for trifling reasons.
    The status of the woman also changes once the society moves from Gemeinschaft to Gesellschaft. The woman in such a society does not need a man/husband or a clan-gang to protect her, the state provides that for her, and if she were gets wealthy somehow she is as powerful, and as capable to get done what she wants by hiring others, as any man (with the same amount of wealth).

    That’s true not only in the modern West (and Imperial Rome by that matter) but also in Japan, South-Korea or Singapore- ( Jews or no Jews, “cultural marxism”, feminism, etc. to blame or not) . These countries are experiencing the same ills as the modern West – a sense of isolation, alienation, lack of family formation, demographic collapse, change in the status of woman, feminization of men (see the young “herbivore men” of Japan who reject the “ambitious and driven” model of their father).

    • Posted February 26, 2019 at 9:46 am | Permalink

      Money has no meaning after the superstructure of the state collapses. Friendship endures.

      • Ovidiu
        Posted February 26, 2019 at 10:38 am | Permalink

        Yes, that was my very point, when the state is weak (does not need to be in total collapse, just a weak central power, like pre-19th century, pre-industrial Europe) then friendship and loyalty (and family and community bonds) matter a lot.
        But as the state grows strong, as its policing and administration becomes effective, commercial exchanges become secure and then they quickly develop and diversify greatly. Consequently, the interpersonal and communitarian bonds (which entail solidarity and reciprocal obligations) dissolve and they are replaced by commercial relations , by hiring and contract. Money, being able to make them, and acting independently of what others think (individualism, self-interest) become everything while values as loyalty, fidelity, courage, shame, honour, etc. are disparaged as obsolete.

        I don’t see US collapsing (maybe you have a different view, I know Americans who have a sense that the daily life in US is becoming increasingly dysfunctional). Neither is Europe, where I live, though the influx of Muslims and Africans is creating some social-disruption, insecurity and anxiety, which in turn gives rise to “right-wing” political movements (that is, movements which stress community-based values and nationalism). It is a defensive reaction but it is a political one, an ideological one, which aims at the control of the state, not some local people forming gangs in self-defense and start shooting the migrants.
        The modern state is extremely powerful and effective when it wants to be. No successful revolution has taken place in Europe since mid 19th century ( the Russian Revolution of 1917 was really a coup d’etat of the Bolshevik faction).

  4. EF
    Posted February 26, 2019 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    White males are walking with a BULLS EYE on their backs.
    Yet they have been programmed to want what their GENOCIDAL ATTACKERS want them to want.

    The government works with ANTIFA.

    Republican George H.W. Bush sent America’s jobs to ASIA. And the US gave these businesses TAX BREAKS to do do. That is what the government is…

    They will disarm the Whites, just as the Bolsheviks did, and they WILL do what the Bolsheviks did, killed 68 MILLION Russians. As Dr MacDonald has noted the murderers were of a certain (((TRIBE))) and NOT Russian ethnics.

    The average white will go to their deaths quietly, like sheep, no doubt about it.
    Their pastors preach that to them every Sunday, the Televitz mesmerizes them into the same end.

    Whites OBEY the law, because that is how we are. NO OTHER GROUP does that.
    Asians have HIGHER VIOLENT CRIME rates than American white men, and that includes the Japanese.

    If you want to SURVIVE, the author’s piece gives you some ideas.
    Just look at the Aryan Brotherhood in a world where whites are routinely RAPED, and sold as prostitutes.
    NO AB member is BOTHERED, in the least.

    The biggest criminals are HONORED in the US, the government at WACO showed you how “law-abiding” the Federal officers are.

    The MEDIA, the government, is a SINGLE RICO Statute crime organization.

  5. Vakrinn
    Posted February 26, 2019 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

    “Not the Good Life” is great!

  6. The real John Smith
    Posted February 27, 2019 at 7:12 am | Permalink


    I’ve been watching the Sopranos, a series I viewed with some contempt when it originally aired.

    Despite their monstrous actions for personal gain and their vulgar antics, I can’t help but be captivated by their values of family, manhood and loyalty, and their deep rejection of modern mores.

    • Peter Quint
      Posted February 27, 2019 at 7:43 am | Permalink

      I too liked the “Sopranos” until they started exploring miscegenic, and homosexual themes.

      • The real John Smith
        Posted February 28, 2019 at 1:34 am | Permalink

        Yes, but they’re the most interesting parts because of how differently they’re done compared to today.
        Twenty years later it’s more obvious that the show is actually quite unsympathetic to these subjects, and it contains subtle critiques that would be verboten today.

        A good example is this secondary arc from an early season.

        Tony Soprano’s daughter Meadow has gone to university and naturally she begins dating a jewish mulatto (two for the price of one, and certainly no coincidence).

        When Tony finds out he makes his displeasure with miscegenation known in no uncertain terms, and his daughter turns aggressively against him for the rest of the season. She even commits more to the relationship just to spite her father, with her coloured paramour slyly goading her on.

        Again naturally, the mulatto ends up abruptly dumping her. It’s implied this is done at the behest of his snake oil salesman father (this one the full ashkenazi) because she was an insufficiently promising prospect. Meadow being a strong, modern woman of course takes no responsibility for the situation and continue to blame her father for all that has transpired and descends into a self-pitying funk.

        The upshot is that the thuggish, mafioso patriarch is completely vindicated in his brutal stereotyping, while Meadow is a perfect example of modern middle class, American bitchery (the tragicomedy of the show is that omnipresent American bourgeoise culture she represents so typically leaves Tony impotent in his own household even as he remains a titan in the underworld).

        Why the show is still worth watching is that it’s hinting at things that are even more pertinent today. The jewish mulatto is not just a slimy, self-absorbed schemer: he’s clearly engaging in deliberate hypergamy – under the guidance of his well-connected father – to get higher in American society. It’s a general but somewhat veiled criticism of a tribal behaviour (more unsubtle viewers might have missed this subtext for the more overt racial aspect).

        On a similar theme, compare Tony’s associate and moneyman Hirsch, for whom the show goes out of it way to emphasise as jewish. Given the true history of the American Mafia it isn’t an accident that the show’s makers were making a point of these things.

        • Peter Quint
          Posted February 28, 2019 at 7:32 am | Permalink

          If it were real life, Meadow would have gotten pregnant on purpose, just to flaunt it to her father. It happens in real life all the time, you’ve probably seen it as many times as I have. I remember the mulatto breaking up the relationship because his studies suffered.

  7. DrExCathedra
    Posted March 4, 2019 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    Jack Donovan’s excellent 2012 book, The Way of Men, names the gang as the natural incubator and habitat of manhood.

    Reviewed here on C-C by Jef Costello

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