Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
To synthesise what i over-wordily said in the last comment, the mafia is parasitic, so a good economy is good for them, more to siphon off.

The neofascists partly (mostly?) thrive on economic misery, the sheer degradation of their homes and neighbourhoods, the anomie and restlessness, the desire to use violence to overtly affirm their alpha status and cut through the Gordian knot of their social stasis. 'La Carogna' is a prime example of this. In other word I think his ULTRAness has supplanted his mob roots, formative to a life of crime though they must have been. To get the media attention for holding up an Italian cup final is probably a headier buzz than just hitting up local business for their 'protection' money or purse-snatching old ladies from a motorbike.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sat May 10th, 2014 at 07:39:37 AM EST
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