The first time that I wrote about the Dickinson Mafia was in my previous post, “The Dickinson Mafia”. I stated that the Dickinson Mafia was a group of local business owners and city leaders that had decided among themselves what they envisioned for Dickinson, that they tell themselves and each other that what they want is for the betterment of Dickinson, and in the best interest of its citizens, but what they want happens to coincide with making themselves richer, controlling citizens for their benefit, and helping them maintain power.
In my previous post I gave two examples of the endeavors of the Dickinson Mafia. Business owners can join the Chamber of Commerce to express their views about what they see for the future, and try to get other business owners to share their view. Business owners can express their views at City Commission/Council/Zoning meetings. They can write Letters To The Editor of the “Dickinson Press” expressing their opinions on issues. They can join the Golf Club, the Eagles Lodge, or the Elks Lodge in order to talk to other business owners and community leaders about their ideas. In my opinion, when business men want to get things done in a more unseen way, they join the Masonic Lodge. The Masonic Lodge holds their meetings in private, and they do not publicize who their members are, the rank of their members, and what things they discuss. The Masonic Lodge is very similar to the “Good-Old-Boy Network”.
Like the “Good-Old-Boy Network” in the South, a newcomer to a city who starts a construction business might be clueless as to why he seems to be having so much trouble, with everything. The newcomer who started a construction company might know why he is having so much trouble if he knew that his main competitor is the Grand Master of the local Masonic Lodge, and that the lumber company owner, the concrete company owner, the building inspector, the city engineer, the mayor, and the chief of police are also members of the local Masonic Lodge. Though the Masons publicly claim that this is not the case, their primary purpose and reason for existence is to have an organization of men that secretly gain power and control, and then exert their power and control. Men that are mayors, chiefs of police, bank presidents, attorneys, real estate agents, and insurance agents do obtain information that is private and confidential, to share some information would be a violation of ethics and illegal, however this information is shared among Masons to allow financial gain, business opportunity, and to undermine, control, and manipulate others. In the case of the Dickinson Mafia, I do not know yet whether they ever worked within the local Masonic Lodge. It appears to me that the Dickinson Mafia is able to achieve the same things on its own: having people gain positions of power, using that power to further enrich themselves, using their money to further increase their power, using their money, power, and influence to control what is done in Dickinson, and to control people in Dickinson. The people in Dickinson are somewhat aware that this is being done. They think it and they feel it, but they are not always able or willing to verbalize how they are controlled by some of the wealthy business owners in Dickinson.
The way that the Dickinson Mafia want Dickinson to be, is that they want to have mechanisms of control in place so that they can control what is going on in Dickinson during the oil booms that come and go, so that they can also have control when the oil booms go away. It does not matter where you are from, have you ever seen more vacant barren land anywhere than what there is outside of Dickinson? There is vacant undeveloped land as far as you can see, and beyond as far as you can see. There is no scarcity of vacant land. The cost of housing in Dickinson, and the shortage of housing in Dickinson is something that the Dickinson Mafia want. Though quick, affordable housing was something that was needed starting back in 2010, the Dickinson Mafia didn’t want that. They didn’t want out-of-state workers to come here, make a lot of money, send money back home, pay off their houses back home, get ahead financially, the Dickinson Mafia wanted the out-of-state workers to be taken advantage of, just like they have been taking advantage of the workers in their own businesses for the last thirty years.
One more thing, if you try to look up the “Dickinson Mafia” on the internet, the first six results of your search are an exact match for “Dickinson Mafia”. You can go and look at each of these six matching websites, web addresses, or links, and they really don’t contain any content that is relevant to an entity or activity that would or could be called “Dickinson Mafia”. It is like someone had the expectation that people would be trying to find out information about the “Dickinson Mafia” and they wanted to make sure that your internet search would be sure to turn up their six websites, that contain no information on the Dickinson Mafia. That is one way to try to keep people from knowing about the Dickinson Mafia.