The STATE DOESN"T PROTECT GANGSTERS??? IN WHAT WORLD?

Carrol Cox cbcox at SPAMilstu.edu
Thu May 10 14:17:58 MDT 2001


Found it!

Bertell Ollman, "Why Does the Emperor Need the Yakuza? Prolegomenon to a
Marxist Theory of the Japanese State," NLR 2 series 8, March April 2001,
pp. 73-100. Here is the editorial summary of it:

"Japan's flashy gangsters look to be the antithesis of its austere
emperors. Bertell Ollman contends that there is a structural connexion
between them. Rule by an unelected bureaucracy requires an inviolate
imperial symbol for compensating legitimacy, which in turn must be
shielded from queries or criticisms by criminal thugs. And American
Marxist challenges the central taboo of Japanese public life."

The connection as Ollman explains it of the Yakuza to the Japanese state
is quite different from the connection between state & organized crime I
alluded to in my original post.

Carrol





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