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DEAR READER, WE ARE ALL GANGSTERS NOW

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I was certainly hoping James Bulger would never get caught. Just made for a better myth, in the end. I was wondering how to approach the issue and, late one night, wrote down the following phrase:

We are all gangsters now.

I’m not encouraging anyone to go rob a bank or torture and kill someone, but I am saying that the capture of Whitey completes a kind of feedback loop wherein the FBI uses an informant for over a decade, only to let him go for 16 years and finally capture him.

I have a penchant for conspiracy theories.

I don’t imagine there are a group of cigar-smoking men making plans for world domination, but I do believe there are systems in place, systems of power, which can breed corruption and conspiracy without anyone being explicitly to blame.

Everyone lies a little tiny bit, and the big picture starts to look like a conspiracy or plan. This is what happened with the FBI and James Bulger.

We’re tired of the government continuing to kick us out of our homes without negotiation. We’re mostly all broke, losing more money every day, while the corporations make record profits. More and more acquaintances have put their cellphones on silent, because every call they get is from a collection agency. I have friends who have not had a job for nearly a year and yet those charge continue to ignore the plight of the unemployed. Some of these said friends have even turned to an income outside the law to make ends meet.

We’re all gangsters now. Like it or not.

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