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TopsQueen February 5th, 2019 8:09pm

Prohibition has been blamed for starting the Mafia. Do you think organize crime would still have happened if prohibition not taking place?

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ladyniner81 I hate people
02/06/19 7:17 pm

The mafia has been around since the 1800s. I don't know about America, but.

lcamino Florida and Georgia
02/06/19 3:21 pm

Yes, but it was a huge opportunity for criminal activity.

NotoriousNEG Body Autonomy Extremist
02/06/19 6:07 am

Well yeah, of course. There is prognoses crime everywhere. Prohibition just helped them gain power.

coco5300 Colorado
02/05/19 4:05 pm

Well yeah. But there’d probably be less cartels if things were legal. You don’t see any alcohol cartels lol

FlipFlopGirl Sic semper tyrannis
02/05/19 8:45 pm

True but the mafia (and cartels) are driven by their need for power, greed, and money.

FlipFlopGirl Sic semper tyrannis
02/05/19 8:45 pm

Meaning if it wasn’t alcohol, it would have been something else.

coco5300 Colorado
02/05/19 8:50 pm

I’m saying that if drugs were legal like alcohol, what would they smuggle? Shoes? Lol

FlipFlopGirl Sic semper tyrannis
03/06/19 7:02 pm

They would design the next drug that’s not approved and smuggle that.

02/05/19 2:39 pm

The mafia was here well before prohibition.

02/05/19 2:40 pm


Jazzy5 USA
02/05/19 6:52 pm

Not at all!

shygal47 Florida east coast
02/05/19 2:16 pm

Yes, but Prohibition opened all kinds of avenues — people like to drink and some will pay anything or go anywhere for it.
Just think, if Capone had paid taxes he would have gotten away with everything.

dakobra84 Michigan
02/05/19 2:06 pm

Ms13 exists so of course

timeout Boston Strong
02/05/19 2:05 pm

Oh yeah, it’s still around today along with other form of organized crime.

Robert01 existentialist
02/05/19 2:01 pm

As long as there are laws there will be law breakers.

rons Thanks America
02/05/19 1:51 pm

The Mafia was in Sicily long before prohibition. But illegal proceeds from booze filled the coffers of organized crime. Sex and drugs too.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
02/05/19 1:18 pm

The mafia was already a thing back in the mid-1800s, so I'm thinking prohibition had little to do with it. The opportunity for profit offered by prohibition may have accelerated its interest in America, but I doubt it was the only reason, and I'm not sure it, and other organized crime groups weren’t already established here before prohibition passed, much less went into effect.

rons Thanks America
02/05/19 1:55 pm

Godfather part 2 depict NYC pretty well.
When I lived in Brooklyn all the store owners paid a little for protection. Or you bought your pizza products from mafia approved vendors. Our whole block would come out to by jeans from the back of a truck.

rons Thanks America
02/05/19 1:56 pm

Also I think the Sopranos were pretty much on point.