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Tactic of using teens as drug couriers invented by Young Boys Incorporated

DETROIT — The gang called Young Boys Incorporated started here and changed the face of drug dealing.

Adults in their 20s and 30s took children from the streets and hired them to be couriers of crack cocaine. The kids would have most of the confrontations with police. Meantime, those behind the illicit operation would hide themselves and the money their couriers brought in.



For obvious reasons, most research on violent urban subcultures is done with computer printouts, not with tape recorders and notebooks on the mean streets. Not so with Carl S. Taylor, adjunct professor of criminal justice at Michigan State University and director of the Criminal Justice Program at Jackson Community College.

Taylor believes that gang members share a grossly distorted version of the values mainstream Americans hold dear. The difference is that gang members want money and status faster, and are willing to kill to obtain them. Asked to identify his role models, one 14-year-old cited the cocaine-snorting protagonist of the movie Scarface and Chrysler chairman Lee Iacocca. “Lee Iacocca is smooth and he be dissing ((disrespecting, in street lingo)) everybody,” the youth explained. In some cases, parents encourage their children’s criminal careers. Said one: “My momma talk about how proud she is of me making doughski. She used to dog me and say I wasn’t s—, but now she’s proud.”

3 responses to “Tactic of using teens as drug couriers invented by Young Boys Incorporated

  1. Giovanni Dannato May 13, 2012 at 12:30 am

    This zero sum attitude has become commonplace, so perhaps not as distorted as one might think as a representation of our overall values.

    I’ve never actually seen Scarface but I’ve seen posters in people’s rooms and heard the quotes countless times. A thug like Tony Montana(I actually know his name) also enjoys a solid following in suburban America.

    Sadly, the outcome of a society full of zero sum gamers is very predictable.
    And ironically, the best of these deceivers no doubt believe they are very smart individuals.

  2. eric May 13, 2012 at 2:34 am

    I actually have one of Tony firing his M16, alongside a big poster of a wizard fighting a dragon. When I got it he was the closest thing to a masculine role model/”businessman” that wasn’t a pussy that I could find.

    In Peter Thiel’s most recent class, he said there’s 4 social currents shaping things, incrementalism, risk aversion, egalitarianism and complacency. I think those 4 together can help to foster zero sum thinking.

    I think a lot of people have given up on the future and the idea that hard problems can be solved with ingenuity. All political and most corporate structures work off of incrementalism, smaller groups are the only ones capable of providing solutions that give exponential or compound returns.

    We traded the fantastic future of Star Trek for the gritty realism of Fallout. Like your recent Inmalafide article said, The Hunger Games wouldn’t of worked as mass market product for tween girls in the 80’s.

    Just recently I got into a debate about the NOAA and NASA budget cuts, and it always comes down to zero sum thinking, even with experienced scientists. Either x amount goes to one or the other, people couldn’t wrap their minds around how little funding both of them got. And when it finally did admitted, it was just dismissed with snark about how corrupt the institutions are.

    Occupy Wall Street is zero sum, the money goes to Banks instead of other things. Of course they have a point about the corruption in the institution but it is telling that their method of fighting is zero sum. Marxists used to protest jobs as a source of repression of the worker, now they’re rallying to do everything to keep them intact, to keep the economy in stasis.

    Environmental sustainability is just as much an outgrowth of this. The idea that the only way forward is cutting back, “reducing our carbon footprint”, that peak oil is already here and we’re just winding down, 40,000 species a year dying, all of that bullshit. It’s just another doomsday cult. The only time they project exponentially into the future is for doomsday predictions, and generally no one will call them on it. The idea that mother nature is a passive protector reeks of complacency.

    • eric May 13, 2012 at 3:01 am
      “There are two types of people: those who experienced the 2000 crash, and those who did not. The people who did see the crash are deeply psychologically scarred. Like burned-my-face-on-the-stove scarred. They are irreparably damaged. These are the people who love to talk about bubbles. Anywhere and everywhere, they have to find a bubble. They’re now in their 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s. They all got burned. As journalists, they covered the carnage. As investors, they suffered tremendously. As employees, they loaded up on worthless stock. So they promised themselves they’d never get burned again. And now, 12 years later, they’re still determined not to.

      This kind of scarring just doesn’t go away. It has to be killed off. People who suffered through the crash of 1929 never believed in stocks again. They literally had to die off before a new generation of professional investors got back into stocks and the market started to grow again. Today, we’re halfway through the generational effects of the dot com crash.

      That’s the good news for students and young entrepreneurs today. They missed the late ‘90s tech scene, so they are—at least as to the crash—perfectly psychologically healthy. When I brought up Netscape in conversation one time, Mark Zuckerberg asked: “What did Netscape do again?” I was shocked. But he looked at me and said, “Dude, I was in junior high. I wasn’t paying attention.” So that’s good. Entrepreneurs in their mid-to-late 20s are good. But the people who went through the crash are far less lucky. Most are scarred. “

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