Classifying Crime Social Machines

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Penicillin needed, not sunlight

The Flemings were a powerful Southampton family, whose history is illustrative of abuses of power aligned with doing good.

Here (in the link) is an overview of what I’ve been up to recently, classifying crime social machines. I’ve got slightly obsessed with this and am now prone to lying in bed at night trying to go to sleep, then shouting “that’s one!” and knocking over my water as I scramble to write down yet another example of a crime social machine on some bit of paper that I then lose. In fact I’ve decided that almost ANY combination of person and technology has potential to be a crime social machine, as almost all of these configurations have an associated politics and morality. And crime and deviance lurk in these interstices…but that’s another story.

Hopefully now I’ve done this, I can get back to researching the  history of transparency and of “moral statistics”, which I’m really enjoying. Am also coming to the opinion that although sunlight makes a good disinfectant, it also causes sunburn and makes people scurry inside and lurk in the shadows, and plot worse things than the initial push for transparency might have revealed, when they have something to hide and plenty to fear. As this blog post says, “let the deed shawe.” Perhaps Fleming’s penicillin is more needed on occasion. Or Fleming’s Bond. And here is Ian Fleming interviewing Raymond Chandler, in a juxtaposition of crime greatness that just leaves me breathless.


From From Charles ANGOULÊME’s Book of Hours, depicting the struggle between virtue and vice in politics.


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