"America badly needs to rethink its priorities for the whole criminal-justice system, with Floyd’s death drawing urgent, national attention to the necessity for police reform. Activists, civil-rights organizations, academics, policy analysts, and politicians have drawn up a sprawling slate of policies that might help end police brutality, eliminate racist policing, improve trust between cops and the communities they work in, and lower crime levels.
A more radical option, one scrawled on cardboard signs and tagged on buildings and flooding social media, is to defund the cops. What might that mean in practice? Not just smaller budgets and fewer officers, though many activists advocate for that. It would mean ending mass incarceration, cash bail, fines-and-fees policing, the war on drugs, and police militarization, as well as getting cops out of schools. It would also mean funding housing-first programs, creating subsidized jobs for the formerly incarcerated, and expanding initiatives to have mental-health professionals and social workers respond to emergency calls.
More broadly, the demand to divest from policing doubles as a call to invest in safety, security, and racial justice. This week, cops in riot gear teargassed teenagers, Humvees patrolled near the White House, and military helicopters buzzed protesters. At the same time, health workers fought COVID-19 wearing reused masks. This is not serving. This is not protecting." Anne Lowry at The Atlantic
How did The Atlantic become so Left? That happened while I was not paying attention. Ms. Lowry seems a sincere soul. I wonder which of the Seven Sisters or the Ivies she flowered at. Ah! I see now that it was Harvard. One of my ancestors was a Puritan minister who was among the founders of the place. Would that have made me a "legacy? She is married to Ezra Klein whom I have thought a sensible fellow.
"Man is born free and is everywhere in chains." This quote from Jean Jacques Rousseau seem to lie at the heart of Ms. Lowry's core beliefs as to the possible nature of human societies. She believes people to be inherently good and capable of living together without rules or sheepdogs to keep them in line and on the job.
Floyd's death and the media induced hysteria that has followed provide a plausible excuse and platform for people like Lowry to push for a well established meme of the far left, i.e., "Defund the Police!"
Well, pilgrims, I do not believe humans are innately good, quite the opposite. But, the experiment in abolition of policemen and their replacement with social workers would be interesting.
If the Lowrys of the world want to try this, they should begin with cities controlled by Ms. Lowry's comrades. Minneapolis would be the ideal place to begin, followed by Los Angeles, Oakland, California and the like. Ah, I almost forgot Richmond, Virginia. pl