Peter Andreas

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British authorities were … outraged that Colonial merchants had made illicit fortunes by supplying French forces during the 7 Years War. Business, Commerce & Finance
John Jacob Astor, the first American multimillionaire and the richest man in the country at the time of his death in 1848, was an accomplished smuggler. Astor engaged in a variety of illicit trading ventures, smuggling opium …, trading with the enemy during the war of 1812, and clandestinely exchanging banned alcohol with Native Americans for furs. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Obsessively chasing foreign smugglers and beefing up border enforcement will achieve little without much more focused and sustained attention to the demand for illicit goods that fuels the cross-border clandestine economy, most notably the United States’ addiction to cheap immigrant labor and mind-altering substances. States. Nations & Nationhood
The … militarized British crackdown on smuggling in the decade before the American Revolution provoked mob riots, the burning of customs vessels, and the tarring and feathering of customs agents and informants. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
The United States, in its early years engaged in massive illegal smuggling of intellectual properties from other counties…. The United states was a hotbed of intellectual piracy in the 19th century…. It was a way of jump-starting our industrial democracy…. Today we tell emerging nations, “do as we say, not as we did.” Copyrights, Patents & Intellectual Property
There is no doubt that cross border crime and illicit trade harm individuals and communities and pose challenges to governments, including the United States. But the panicked discourse and frenzied law enforcement policies that define Washington’s current approach are an alarmist reaction. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Today’s fear mongering about international crime frequently relies on dire warnings about “broken borders”. But those who claim that U. S. borders are out of control now forget that those borders were never effectively controlled in the first place. In fact, the United States has always had highly permeable borders. Border smuggling has defined the U. S. Mexican economic relationship from the start; the same is true of the U. S. Canadian relationship. States. Nations & Nationhood