William Black has been very good at explaining the fact that the foxes have been in charge of our hen house and they have been robbing it mercilessly. Our problem seems to be that many believe we can keep on going making our profits without ever paying attention to these facts. It’s like, yes, Al Capone is in charge of Chicago, but why be worried because we can still make our current profits…
I wrote the following in response,
The TV show "COPS" is about police tracking down and arresting, on camera, various petty criminals like drug pushers, thieves, and scam artists. It's not a TV show about the administration of justice. What we know from William Black, and others, is that the people at the top of the political system, the ones who control it, get away with white collar crime. The power boys are not similarly beaten up by the police. This makes the police "thugs in blue." They are just the hired thugs told to keep the less fortunate in line. It's like how Capone kept the peace in his neighborhoods so that he could better get away with the crimes he was carrying out hidden away.
The problem isn't just that letting white collar criminals get away gives the poor ideas that they too can get away with crime. The system is told to step on those people. This is why the real cops are not discouraged from beating the shit out of people in those examples filmed by bystanders. The leadership wants the little people to know that the criminal behavior of the rich should not be a license for them to "have at it."
The corruption involving letting white collar criminals off to steal again causes the corruption of the system of criminal justice. Letting some people be above the law destroys the rule of law.