He’s the man who exposed the mob. Now he is determined to uncover capitalism’s complicity with South America’s drug lords.
Roberto Saviano already lives under armed guard after writing a book about the inner-workings of the Neapolitan mafia. And now his newest book is being described as the most cogent ever written on how narcotics trafficking works.
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The book, which Saviano titled Zero Zero Zero, speaks what has to be heard, especially at the end of another year which saw the drug war spreading further and deeper.
It is a book that tells what you will not learn from Narcos, Breaking Bad or the countless official reports.
As Saviano puts it in his book, Pablo Escobar was “the first to understand that it’s not the world of cocaine that must orbit around the markets, but the markets that must rotate around cocaine.”
The realization that cocaine capitalism is central to our economic universe made Escobar the Copernicus of organized crime, argues Saviano in an interview for the Guardian, adding: “No business in the world is so dynamic, so restlessly innovative, so loyal to the pure free-market spirit as the global cocaine business.”
It sounds simple, but it isn’t – it is revolutionary and, says Saviano, it explains the world.
Saviano is a man on the run, living in hiding under 24/7 guard, after death threats arising from Gomorrah, his book about the Neapolitan mafia. Saviano has serious difficulties in arranging his movements.
For eight years, he has lived in undisclosed venues, with a permanent dispatch of seven carabinieri guards, rarely spending more than a few nights in the same bed.
“Capitalism,” says Saviano, “needs the criminal syndicates and criminal markets… This is the most difficult thing to communicate. People – even people observing organized crime – tend to overlook this, insisting upon a separation between the black market and the legal market.
“It’s the mentality that leads people in Europe and the USA to think of a mafioso who goes to jail as a mobster, a gangster. But he’s not, he’s a businessman, and his business, the black market, has become the biggest market in the world.”
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