“Capitalism,” says Saviano, “needs the criminal syndicates and criminal markets… This is the most difficult thing to communicate. People – even people observing organised crime – tend to overlook this, insisting upon a separation between the black market and the legal market. It’s the mentality that leads people in Europe and the USA to think of a mafioso who goes to jail as a mobster, a gangster. But he’s not, he’s a businessman, and his business, the black market, has become the biggest market in the world.”
It’s difficult to communicate because it’s bollocks.
Are the narcos capitalists? Sure: and are they also free market? Yup.
But to go on and insist that the capitalist and free market mode of, say, producing and delivering potatoes, to name another South American import, depends upon people producing toot is just flatulent tosspottery.
That part of the argument doesn’t even make any sense.