by Tracy R. Walsh
Today’s gangsters are less bloodthirsty than their 20th-century counterparts, according to The Economist:
The United Nations identifies a series of “emerging crimes” mostly committed by criminal gangs: These include poaching, illegal logging and trafficking controlled goods, such as archeological artifacts and endangered animals. Those sorts of crimes required ever more dispersed networks, with specialized skills replacing sheer muscle. But even they require more violence than the newest of crimes: cybercrime, identity theft and fraud. These are increasingly being committed by new organizations from countries with little history of organized crime, and are probably the fastest-growing ways of making an illicit buck. By contrast, the trade of the old-fashioned gangster, well-known in his district, his monopoly enforced by violence, now looks antiquated.
More Dish on the rise of globalized gangsterism here.