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A Family Operation: How The Godfather Trilogy Details Real Conspiracies

Based on Mario Puzzo’s novel of the same name, Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather is known as one of the greatest films in cinematic history. Though the third installment has noticeably lower critical ratings, the trilogy as a whole is worthy viewing, but for JaysAnalysis, we will be taking a different route.  Not only is the trilogy an enjoyable aesthetic experience, reviewing the series of late, I was surprised to see so many parallels to real-life conspiracies, assassinations, skullduggery and deep state agendas I’ve researched the last decade.

The Godfather garnered numerous awards in 1972, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Marlon Brando as Don Corleone, but the real message of the trilogy has gone unnoticed to most – it is my thesis the trilogy is an excellent insight into how the management of the world actually plays out.  No, the world isn’t run by Italian mafiosos, and there are families much older and with much more clout than the composite Corleone Family in the narrative, but the means, methods, and machinations of the Family arehow the world is really run.

The first insight is the family’s interest in maintaining their genetic lineage, tradition and culture through the preservation of their bloodline. An idea lost to most nowadays in our postmodern nihilism, the Don and his brood are not interested in outsiders.  In fact, the Sicilian Mafia has always required a “made man,” that is, someone who is brought into the family network, be full-blooded Italian (though these ideas may have become relaxed).  Immigrant families learned long ago the local police and law enforcement were often corrupt and bought off, so the need for internal justice among displaced groups was natural.  This pragmatic insight occurs often in the film, as Michael, Don’s youngest and heir to the Family, tries to explain to his bewildered American wife Kay the importance of the Family.

Don Michael Corleone. Family is all that matters.

Don Michael Corleone. Family is all that matters.

As the Corleone’s rise to power, it is crucial to understand it is not achieved through honest, hard work, but through being clever, bold and mastering various black markets.  Unwilling to descend into the drug trade, at a meeting of the bosses, Don Corleone explicitly refuses to enter into the drug trade unless the specification of no selling in Italian neighborhoods is met.  Blacks, the bosses contend, were foolish enough to allow drugs in their areas without grasping the consequences.  In other words, in this scene The Godfather shows that prohibition, criminality and the phony “drug war” and its endless litany of state programs are worthless.  The prohibition of the vices allows the black markets to control those trades through government complicity.

While I’m not advocating anarchism here, I am trying to illustrate the mindset of the immigrant populace as portrayed in the film, and their mafia bosses.  If the police and legal system are notoriously corrupt, justice could only be had internally.  From the perspective of the bosses, the war between mobsters and cops or mobster and mobster is no different from any other war between one nation and another nation.  In other words, the mafia dons recognized the point Augustine long ago made – “government” is quite often just another organized gang of thugs who legalize theft and criminality.  It is worth noting that eventually the Corleone family is called before congressional hearings to account for their operation, yet even by 1951, according to J. Edgar Hoover, the mafia was explicitly said to not exist (showing public naiveté).


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