Coronafather: An Offer They Can’t Refuse


Andrew Donaldson

Born and raised in West Virginia, Andrew has since lived and traveled around the world several times over. Though frequently writing about politics out of a sense of duty and love of country, most of the time he would prefer discussions on history, culture, occasionally nerding on aviation, and his amateur foodie tendencies. He can usually be found misspelling/misusing words on Twitter @four4thefire and his writing website

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  1. Avatar Oscar Gordon

    I imagine similar things are happening the world over, even here.Report

  2. Avatar Jaybird

    Growing up, our view of The Mafia was pretty much entirely colored by stuff like The Godfather and The Untouchables and Scarface and… well, there was a lot. (And that’s just the big screen!)

    I remember a slideshow in 3rd or 4th grade where we learned that “paying protection” was code for “paying protection FROM THE MAFIA ITSELF.”

    When I got older, I learned that, no… “paying protection” also meant that you got a phone number to call if there were loiterers in front of your business. A car would drive up. A conversation was held. The loiterers moved on… presumably in front of a building that didn’t pay protection money.

    This isn’t to say that the thugs who collected protection money were above throwing a rock through the window of an unprotected business after hours… of course they did their best to demonstrate how valuable paying protection would be.

    (Lenny Bruce had a bit of a church in NYC that was trying to deal with the fact that Jesus showed up and had complaints. He had Archbishop Spellman talking on the phone about having this guy taken out and the peak of the bit was when he asked in frustration “What are we paying protection for?”)

    Once you get to college, you learn a little bit more about the whole Mafia During Prohibition thing when you do the hands-on issues of finding connections who can get you booze when you can’t get it through normal channels. “Huh. This guy *IS* a bit of a dirtbag… but he gets me booze.”


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