As civil order crumbles, criminal fashions change

As civil order crumbles, criminal fashions change. By Thomas Lifson.

Consider Johannesburg. I have spent considerable time with executives based there and have heard astounding stories of the level of chaos and violence that bedevil motorists (among others).

Consider this product, developed for South African drivers worried about the “everyday” hazard of armed carjacking:

And consider that the Carlton Hotel in downtown Johannesburg, a world-famous luxury hostelry rebuilt as a 30-story tower in 1972, had to close in 1998, as civil order (previously maintained brutally by the Apartheid regime) collapsed, and downtown Johannesburg became too dangerous for people of pallor and money. Businesses and affluent residents have relocated to the suburbs, where walls exist to help maintain civil order inside them.