Recreating (and advancing) pk’s censored domains: Macroinformation.org & Knatz.com / Teaching / Society / NoHier / Kleptocracy /
@K c. early 2000s
I launch this module with time to do only two brief things:
First I quote Michael Crichton:
… some authorities argue that only 3 to 5 percent of all crimes are reported; and of reported crimes, only 15 to 20 percent are ever solved in the usual sense of the word.Michael Crichton
The Great Train Robbery
Notice that the figures are, necessarily, estimates, not facts. but they make eminent sense. My bet, could we know the truth, is that they’re close. I back uncertainty.
To make things even less certain, I ask us to consider how local, clannish, state-interfered-with our notions of crime are. Most humans from most times and places would agree that murder is a crime, no? or cannibalism. Consider in contrast other human activities that people were doing without any interference until suddenly some legislature declares it a crime: the British rulers of India declared that making salt was a crime for Indians: they wanted the Indians to have to buy salt from some British monopoly. The Mohawk fishes in his home lake, then George Washington tells him that the lake is his, Washington’s personal property, and he must not trespass. The Russian lad has a glass of vodka in Moscow; if he tries the same trick in New York he can be arrested.
So: do Crichton’s figures include someone smoking pot? I suspect not. I suspect he means purse snatching, rape, muggings … Regardless, I must do a Macroinformation piece exploiting those differences. All cultural differences across time have macroinformational potential.