The Lucky AC Wrote:
Well said. I've nothing to add.
The following two posts are worth adding.
The Outlaw Industry (Batman Massacre Reality Check)
The average American watches television five hours a
day. This is a neurological fact
so ominous in its implications that it cannot be
understood in words. Would it take a
year of full time Television explanation and neural
demonstration for us to understand
how our brains have become addicted to electronic
"junk", how television creates,
manages and schedules our reality, how tonight's crime
show becomes next week's
crime wave, how the images and illusions of politics
In order to package and arrange the flow of "news" our
requires a continual supply of
newsmakers...reality-actors who play parts in the daytime
and prime-time shows which define our existence.
And who, besides the "mad-programmer" of ABCBS,
understands how news-events
are carefully calibrated to meet seasonal scheduling?
It is no accident, for example, that political
carnivals usually occur as summer
replacement shows. MASS MURDERS, Urban riots, conventions, and
political upheavals occur in the
summer not because of the weather. Don't you dig? They
are scheduled to charge up
the boredom of summer programming. It's not the heat,
it's the cupidity.
The essence of "news" is, of course,
the modern version of Roman coliseum shows and
gladiator combats. American
civilization, for certain explicit biblical reasons,
apparently requires sacrifices.
An enormous industry, similar to the national projects
of pyramid-building in Egypt,
cathedral-building in medieval Europe, and prison-camp
building in Stalinist Russia
has emerged in America ^× the production of political
martyrs, fallen heroes and "concept
The rituals and performances of "Concept Criminals"
are totally stereotyped and
perfectly understood by both the players and the
1. A symbolic crime publically committed.
2. The chase or surrender.
3. The arrest.
4. The Grand Jury hearings (optional).
5. The pre-trial litigation.
6. The trial and verdict.
7. Sale of media rights by the lawyers.
The Symbolic Crime must be committed deliberately and
publicly. The criminal, in
violation of the customs of the professional crook,
claims credit for the deed! The
taboo-infraction cannot involve the normal motives ^×
greed or passion. The offense
must be a moral flouting of authority. The enormity of
the act can range from the
sophmoric cutup of the Berrigans to bombing,
high-jacking and outright assassination.
The aim is always to morally shock, to incite
retaliation, to stir up public opinion. The
crime (better described as sin) is directed against a
sacred object ^× the flag, draftrecords,
an authority figure or symbol ^× the
president, a building; or it must threaten
the sanctified-security ^× airplane high-jacking,
or simply guns on our streets.
The Arrest scene is the climax which ends the first
act of the Outlaw Play. The
obligatory AP photos and TV shots of the hero shackled
surrounded by grim-faced agents, great climax moment
of triumph for the police; the
first welcomed spiritual wound for the believers of
the symbolized cause.
The Grand Jury scenes (optional) follow the classic
New Testament script and offer
the martyr's friends their chance to deny the heretic
or to stand defiantly before the
cameras accepting jail rather than betray! This phase
in the drama also allows for the
entrance of informers, double agents and Judas
The Pre-Trial Litigation brings on stage the defense
lawyers who circle the victim like
quarreling vultures fighting for control of publicity,
of the script and of the defensefund
financing. The victim is also offered options of
firing and hiring counsel, of
demanding self-defense status or of moving side-stage
to wait the sacrificial moment
to come. Just as every Hollywood picture is "put together" by
producers, who are always in tight control of the
enterprise and reap the lion's share of the profits, so is the Outlaw
Industry managed by lawyers.
The Trial and Verdict is the climax of the Second Act
of the ritual. From Pontius
Pilate to Kunstler, Sirica and Jaworski the judgement
scene is the central ceremony of
terrestrial civilization. The prosecutors relentlessly
present the vengeful case of the affronted
state; the symbol-hero retaliates with Hir
denunciation of Caesar and presents
the alternate heretical morality.
The verdict is usually determined by current
moral-market place values.
The Lawyers are the Producers of the "Outlaw" Show
In a civilized society one expects that violations of
social rules would be fairly investigated to determine the true fact and that
compassionate intelligence would be
applied to compensate the injured and to ensure that
the conditions which produced
the crime were not repeated. It goes without saying
that all parties involved are committed
to a search for the "T.R.U.T.H." to borrow the
words of Judge John Sirica.
The judicial process in the United States is, however,
a bitter adversary enterprise.
There is little pretense at establishing scientific
facts which could determine whether
the accused has committed a crime or whether the
circumstances mitigated the misdeed.
The judicial climate is enthusiastically
competitive. Sides are drawn. Strategies
contrived. Secrets kept. Distractions and bluffs are
employed by clever lawyers.
Let us state the truth simply. Crime in America is a
business which is run by (and for
the profit of) those who create the law ^× i.e. the
The American government is a government of lawyers.
There are more than 200,000
attorneys on government payrolls!
All domestic opposition to the American government,
all anti-social behavior, criminal
and political, is master-minded and administrated
by lawyers. Criminals ^× from
the echelons of organized crime to the street hoodlums
^× appear on the scene, make
Are we not all media-trained to recognize the nattily
man carrying the chic briefcase who flanks the
their play, and get dragged off stage, but the lawyers
remain administrating and profiting from the action and booking in the next
show. It is conservative to estimate
that half of the profits from criminal activities in
this country end up in the hands of
lawyers. Litigating crime is a multi-billion dollar
business controlled by the Power of
The old cliche must be up-dated: crime does not pay
for the three victims of every
crime ^× the victim, the tax-payer and the crook. Crime
does pay, however, and handsomely,
for the attorneys who produce the National
And nowhere is the exploitation of the public, the
victims and the criminal more obvious
than in the Symbolic Outlaw business.
And behind the rhetoric and the headlines operate the
Movement Lawyers who encourage,
plan, incite, and aid the illegal actions
that they later defend in court. Just as
every Hollywood picture is "put together" by
producers, who, although less wellknown
than actors and directors, are always in tight
control of the enterprise and reap
the lion's share of the profits, so is the Outlaw
Industry managed by lawyers.
Which brings us to the box-office issue of the Outlaw
Business: Defense Funds. Where does the money go?
The American media-consumer is
choosing at whim and with a flick of the dial, the
losers in the consumer competition.
shortly after the bust talking to the lawyers. The
first item of business is the Defense
Fund. Planning the benefits, the mailing list appeals,
the fund-raising cocktail parties.
The routine defense of defense funds goes like this:
the government has endless
resources to hire prosecutors, investigators, experts,
to pay for tests, transcripts and
deposition interviews. Should not the political martyr
be entitled to the same army of
professional bureaucrats? What injustice! Surely the
outlaw should have as much
money to spend on lawyers as the government!
The Symbolic Criminals themselves do not question the
process. What choice is
there for the chained outlaws facing possible
imprisonment? Looking for forum justification?
Reassured by the proffered support? And they
do know the script.
The rewards for the producer-barrister are not limited
to financial. Aphrodisiac fame
beckons to the defender of the conceptual defendant.
Are we not all media-trained to
recognize the nattily dressed man carrying the chic
briefcase who flanks the accused?
His denunciations of injustice quoted in the morning
paper. Applaud, please, this
courageous fighter for the cause, flamboyantly risking
a contempt-of-court citation.
In fairness to the attorneys it should be pointed out
that their production-monopoly
on the Crime Business is not their central interest.
Let us give credit where credit is
due. Lawyers run the government, they run the
corporations and they run the labor