Defunding the Police and the Rise of American Warlords I find the idea of doing away with organized police forces an interesting one. In point of fact, for most of the history of humankind, there have been no state-sponsored and overseen law enforcement. Such matters of public concern were handled by either the military or local Warlords. Warlords are quite common even today. In Mexico such individuals are generically referred to as “drug lords.” While the marketing of illicit drugs is the economic life-blood of such people, their actual position in Mexican society is more nuanced, and better described by the title Warlords. Law enforcement in Mexico has broken down to the degree where Warlords in that nation have more control over the lives of citizens in regard their wellbeing then is afforded them by structured law enforcement. Indeed, I’ve read that at least some of these Warlords, in order to maintain control over the geographical areas they oversee, build schools, recreational and medical facilities, as well as handle some aspects of their region’s infrastructure, tasks which the Mexican government would appear to be incapable of doing. In Afghanistan and Pakistan, at least from my understanding of the social and governmental situations in those two nations, large swaths of those countries are under the de-facto control of Warlords. United States military leaders working in those nations must recognize and interact with such persons in order to accomplish whatever missions they have been assigned. The area now referred to as the People’s Republic of China had a myriad number of such strong-men, their size and power varied with the region of the land they occupied: Ø Anhui clique Ø Zhili clique Ø Fengtian clique Ø Shanxi clique Ø Guominjun Ø Ma clique Ø Xinjiang clique Ø Kuomintang Ø Communist Party Ø Yunnan clique Ø Guizhou warlords Ø Old Guangxi clique Ø New Guangxi clique Ø Guangdong warlords Ø Sichuan clique Ø Hunan warlords Organized crime, which every nation on the planet has to some degree, is run by Warlords, although they may be known as crime bosses. I have read that organized crime, and criminality, thrives especially in totalitarian societies. This due to the fact that the police aren’t really in place to aid the citizenry, but rather to protect state interests, and that the disappearance of someone is not something out of the ordinary, or a matter it would be prudent to complain to the authorities about. Organized crime groups are quite common in the United States, which has a remarkably diverse number of such entities. Yes, I know we give such leaders different titles, Mafia boss being one favorite. But whether the ethnic group is from South America (M-13), originated from Italy (Mafia or Casa Nostra), was made up of Jews (Murder Inc., and today now much of the “Russian Mafia”), or of any other ethnic, social or religious group, they are all run by some strong leader, a Warlord. It wasn’t that long ago that major gun battles took place on the streets of New York City between various Warlord led organized crime groups; Jewish gangsters fought gun battles with Italians ones1, Irish internecine warfare took place not only in New York City but in a number of large American cities. Murder Inc was made up mostly of Italian and Jewish gangsters largely from Brooklyn, usually Brownsville and East New York. Murder Inc was responsible for anywhere from 500 to 1000 contract killings.2 1(https://www.history.com/news/7-infamous-gangs-of-new-york) 2(https://guides.lib.jjay.cuny.edu/c.php?g=288393&p=1922652) Warlords have a penchant for corrupting political and law enforcement agencies. For many years the FBI was a vital tool of the Bulger gang in Boston, resulting in not only the incarceration of people for crimes they never committed (some for decades, at least one dying in prison), but a significant number of homicides took place aided by the information given the Bulger gang by Boston Bureau agents. A lieutenant in the MA State Police had his career destroyed when he attempted to deal with the matter, as the Bulger group had a tremendous amount of political power as well. Life is not fair. This next may be unsettling, but below see some of the crime groups now operating within the United States. The types of crimes they commit, the level of violence they are comfortable in exercising, and the degree they are willing to come into conflict with law enforcement varies: Ø 14K (triad) Ø 18th Street gang Ø Abergil crime family Ø Albanian mafia Ø American Mafia Ø Bamboo Union Ø Barrio Azteca Ø Barrow Gang Ø Benson Syndicate Ø Big Circle Gang Ø Boricua Popular Army Ø Breed Motorcycle Club Ø Cape Verdean organized crime Ø Chaldean Mafia Ø Cornbread Mafia Ø Coyote (person) Ø DarkMarket Ø Dinner Set Gang Ø Dixie Mafia Ø Greek mafia Ø Hells Angels Ø Irish Mob Ø Israeli mafia Ø The Lanzetta Brothers Ø Latin Kings (gang) Ø Lenox Avenue Gang Ø Yakuza syndicates Ø MS-13 Ø National Crime “Syndicate” Ø 'Ndrangheta Ø Ozone Park Boys Ø Ping On Ø Rudaj Organization Ø Russian mafia Ø Satanas (gang) Ø Seattle crime family Ø Serbian mafia Ø ShadowCrew Ø Shower Posse Ø Fujian gang Ø Snakehead (gang) Ø Sons of Silence Ø State Line Mob Ø The Company (Hawaiian organized crime) Ø Thief in law Ø Tong (organization) Ø Ukrainian mafia Ø United Freedom Front Ø Westies Ø Yakuza Ø Yo****omi Group Ø Los Zetas Most sophisticated organized crime leaders find it best to bribe officials to do their bidding rather than to either become politically involved or because to perform certain overt activities would bring “heat” down upon them. It’s simply just bad for business. They have found it to be cheaper and more effective to buy elected officials and law enforcement. For example, Al Capone, a true American Warlord, had numerous judges, political leaders and police officers on his payroll. On occasion an honest police officer would be assigned a location where Capone was doing business. This would be a problem. Capone was never upset with the honest officer, or caused the man trouble. Capone simply had the officer transferred to a location which would not cause any difficulty for his illicit operations. Back to the underlying reason I’m writing this piece, the suggestion that police departments can be done away with, at least in some parts of the nation. Well, I certainly agree, this can be done. The results might prove “interesting,” and would likely have the most impact on people at the lower end of the nation’s socio-economic spectrum. I would also like to share my observation that most Warlords are not of the progressive/liberal philosophy, which seems to be the prevailing political position taken by advocates of ridding ourselves of police departments. None the less, you may be comforted to know that Warlords do comport themselves according to community standards, as defined by them. There is a dependable progression of events to be seen when an organized society decides to abrogate its responsibilities to protect its citizens, as would be the case with the removal of police protection for our nation’s citizens. People, upon coming to the realization that they are now truly on their own for their personal safety, and for the protection of their property, will begin to form up into self-protection groups, having no other real option. Once organized, such groups soon find they need funds in order to function. Invariably these entities devolve into money generating operations; extortion (protection tax…), the sale of illicit but desired products and services, etc. Strong men rise to the position of leadership (becoming the Warlord). Of course, once one or more of these groups see that other groups around them are more successful in their acquisition of power and money, conflicts will arise. This will result in gang warfare, generally quite violent in execution. A clash of the Warlords if you will. Our system is imperfect, mainly because it’s operated by humans, a far from perfect species. Rest assured, as our nation has in it a million law enforcement officers, with thousands of police/citizen contacts each day, each one having the potential for some sort of unpredictable violent controversial interaction, our nation will be in a constant, perhaps daily, state of rage for the foreseeable future. So, in short, yes, you can eliminate the police in many parts of the nation. I promise you it will lead to interesting media coverage of the predictable ensuing chaos. Ought to provide a good deal of diversion for our nation’s citizens and at the same time allow the media to wax eloquent about the ineffective policing taking place while also bitterly complaining about any video recorded violence on the part of police officers seen while the officers attempt to stop the mayhem.