Below is the latest guest-essay from our Russian correspondent Peter 1, a brief meditation on the nature of gangs in Western society.
The Army and the Gang
by Peter 1
Recently we have seen lots of discussion about the growing influence of gangs in Western countries. The appearance of gangs seems to be completely unexpected by the broad public which is influenced by this phenomenon.
I want to show that the growth of the gangs is not completely alien to our culture, and is rooted in ideas that are widespread in society.
|1.||Gangsters are civilian people, who are armed and mobilized only during a time of action or emergency. In this respect, gangs are close to the Libertarian idea of the PEOPLE’S ARMY.|
|2.||Unlike the regular army, gang leaders are often elected by the gang members. Therefore, the gang is a DEMOCRATIC ARMY.|
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|3.||In the regular army, all soldiers are alike. They are dressed alike, treated alike and killed alike. Individual personalities or ideas are not welcome. In contrast, gang members usually have personal nicknames, dress differently and are treated personally. Therefore, the gang respects personality. Interestingly, law enforcement also respects gangsters’ personalities by treating them personally in court, unlike regular soldiers who are killed en masse. Therefore, the gang RESPECTS THE HUMAN RIGHTS of its members.|
|4.||Last but not least, gang leaders prefer to TALK to each other and make PEACE TREATIES. Often the leaders get together and make COLLECTIVE SOLUTIONS, which they later respect. Therefore, the gang is also a PEACEFUL ARMY.|
All of this persuades me that the gang is a PROGRESSIVE and promising idea, which can solve many shortcomings of current military and political organization.
Update: In response to some of the comments, Peter 1 sends this clarification: “The Army originates from monarchy; gangs are the product of liberalism.”