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Thread: New book, Heather Mac Donald's 'The War on Cops', The Manhattan Institute.

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    New book, Heather Mac Donald's 'The War on Cops', The Manhattan Institute.

    As I noted earlier, neighbors are trying to get me to read and comment on Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow. Reading comment on The War on Cops at the Volokh Conspiracy, I noticed the phrase "the conceit of mass incarcerations," Alexanders' thesis, apparently from the flycover, and read more, following some links. At I noticed this acute comment, unfortunately pseudonymous;

    The critical flaw in the system is the obscene notion of 'crime prevention'.
    If you are not stopping an actual crime in progress, then any police act to 'prevent crime' is an improper excess of authority exercised against those who are not engaged in criminal acts.
    It's a guaranteed death-spiral into totalitarianism. The only way to genuinely prevent all crime is to prevent all unsupervised activity.
    It sounds like such a great idea -- who doesn't want to 'prevent crime'?
    But in practice, it becomes crimes by the state against non-criminal individuals. A license to dominate, to improperly exercise improper 'authority'.
    I am responsible for my writing, not your understanding of it.

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    But I like crime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidmcbeth View Post
    But I like crime.
    That is the crime you foist upon the membership here when you post such pointless replies.

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