posted on Jun, 5 2016 @ 10:09 PM
Crime, generally speaking, is often associated with socioeconomic conditions.
Economic liberty, access to quality education, and access to quality healthcare will do far more to prevent crime than police, more jails, more laws,
or any other onerous policy.
The US has a government controlled health insurance scheme that is massively expensive, and in many cases, cost prohibitive. That's not the same as
access to quality healthcare.
The US Government currently has 78,000 plus pages worth of codified taxes, plus onerous financial regulations that only serve to enrich those
corporations who write their own regulations. That's not a fair system and it sure as hell isn't an example of economic liberty.
Education is a key component among the other three that contribute greatly to reduce the level of poverty, and by extension criminal activity, that
ensnares the poor and uneducated.
These things DO matter. People who are educated, healthy, and have less red tape between them and their ability to either make a living working or
start their own enterprise, don't regularly turn to crime.
It's not about excusing criminal behavior. It's about addressing the root causes of criminality. There will always be some crime you can't do
anything about other than jail them or kill them. But the vast majority of crimes in this country involve some kind of property crime or robberies.
The more you educate a society the better the prospects are for the people as a whole, but also for the individual who, as a result, will actually be
aware of other choices.
It's a matter of fighting ignorance.
That said, I can't argue that we don't have serious discipline deficiency issues.
I do know what the results of stable education, economics, and other factors will do for a people(Japan comes to mind), and what the opposite will
do(Afghanistan for me).
Frankly I just don't know how to get there. We are certainly a product of our choices. But if we could somehow broaden the horizons of those who
simply don't know better.
I grew up in rough neighborhoods and went to rough schools run by gangs. The pressure to belong just to make it through the day without getting your
ass kicked is intense. The best way for many is to continue the cycle of ingratiating themselves to the least of who they really are.
When you have generational cycles of crime and dependency, you have to break those cycles, not just throw your hands up and relegate so many to the
trash bin of society. Not all hope is lost and there are plenty of people exposed to these situations who just need a hand up.
At the end of the day, no matter how awful a crime, we have to bear in mind that the people who do this are a tiny and aberrant minority. Most people
are good and want good for themselves and others. We should be seeking to free the least among us so they can become the most among us. We must free
people from ignorance, from economic oppression, and from these cycles of dependency(whether government, drugs, or crime) or we can face a future of
Thanks for reading.