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In wake of the early Tuesday execution of Crips founder Tookie Williams, Slate explores a question we're sure has been deeply troubling its overeducated bobo lefty readers: How exactly does one go about starting a gang?

The answer:

Start with a couple of friends, and then expand.

To which a media critic we know replies: "Next on Slate: How does one hydrate? Start by obtaining a glass of water, then drink it."

How Do You Start a Gang? [Slate]