The Best Way to Rob a Bank


Cohen and Machalek’s (1988) evolutionary ecological theory of crime explains why obscure forms of predation can be the most lucrative. Sutherland explained that it is better to rob a bank at the point of a pen than of a gun. The US Savings and Loans scandal of the 1980s suggested ‘the best way to rob a bank is to own one’. Lure constituted by the anomie of warfare and transition to capitalism in former Yugoslavia revealed that the best way to rob a bank is to control the regulatory system: that is, to control a central bank. This makes possible theft of all the people’s money in a society. The criminological imagination must attune to anomie created by capitalism, and to the evolutionary ecology of lure.

Mar 1, 2018
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Marsavelski, A., & Braithwaite, J. (2018). The Best Way to Rob a Bank. International Journal For Crime, Justice And Social Democracy, 7(1), 123-138. DOI: 10.5204/ijcjsd.v7i1.466
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