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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

What is elite deviance? And when is it in the news?

The term elite deviance was created by David Simon and put forth in a book by the same name: Elite Deviance.

Elite deviance is comprised of harmful acts committed by elites (powerful people), some of which are illegal but others legal. That is why it is called deviance instead of crime. Yes, elite deviance includes things like white-collar crime and corporate crime, but those terms refer to actual violations of the criminal law. And it turns out that most hamrful acts of elites are "perfectly legal" (I like that term, by the way, for it is perfect for them that their harmful acts remain legal).

Today I did a search in Google News for "criminal justice policy." And these are some of the stories leading the news'll see a story about yet another financial giant getting off with a slap on the wrist for serious immoral and illegal manipulation of energy markets, a story about an explosion at a propane plant (likely caused by some form of negligence or recklessness, as such cases usually are), a story about how doctors do not follow suggested treatment protocols for back pain thereby assuring millions and millions of dollars in spending on unnecessary tests and procedures, and a story about an elite baseball player who might be banned from the game).

So there you have it, more proof that elite deviance occurs in all areas of life.

Yet, you won't see it on the front page of CNN, or Fox, or any other network. Because they are owned by elites, too.

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JPMorgan pays hefty sum to settle 'manipulation' charges - ‎17 minutes ago‎
JPMorgan Chase announced Tuesday it would pay a total of $410 million to settle allegations of energy market manipulation in California and the Midwest.

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Explosions rock propane plant in central Florida, 7 hurt

Chicago Tribune - ‎44 minutes ago‎
ORLANDO, Florida -- Dozens of explosions rocked a propane tank servicing plant in central Florida, northwest of Orlando, late on Monday, injuring seven workers, at least three critically, and prompting the evacuation of nearby homes, authorities said.

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MLB reportedly threatens to permanently ban Alex Rodriguez

Los Angeles Times - ‎37 minutes ago‎
Major League Baseball reportedly has evidence that proves Alex Rodriguez used banned performance-enhancing substances and has offered the New York Yankees third baseman a deal that could salvage the final $61 million of his contract while effectively ...

Doctors don't follow back pain guidelines, study finds

Fox News - ‎1 hour ago‎
A new study has found that many physicians are not following expert recommendations for the treatment of back pain. By not doing so, they are subjecting patients to unnecessary imaging tests, ineffective surgeries and unnecessary exposure to addictive ...

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