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Archive for the 'Crime / Punishment / Justice Theory' Category

We should tell the truth about racial violence

Posted in Crime / Punishment / Justice Theory, Egalitarianism / Culture Wars on August 3rd, 2015

Taleb refutes Pinker on war — The retreat of good people faced with aggressive people

Posted in Crime / Punishment / Justice Theory on July 12th, 2015

Evidence of the retreat of good people faced with aggressive people. We need institutions that recognize social norms as property and allow for their defense (with violence).

For example Pinker complacently observes that the Victorians were shocked and horrified by a crime wave, but neglects to observe that this crime wave consisted of one mugging in London every few months – which crime wave never went away, but instead people got used to it, and then it got vastly worse, and people got used to it again, and then it got vastly worse still, and people attempted to abandon much of their cities to savages, and then the crime wave followed them, and there is now no safe area in London. The idea of the inner city as some kind of jungle is new, starting in the late nineteen forties, early fifties. Early in the twentieth century, the idea that the affluent and respectable might have to abandon vast expanses of wealth and property, of huge, beautiful and high status buildings where once the wealthy and fashionable lived, to the vandalism and depravity of savages would have been as unimaginable as wolves and bears prowling the streets of London to devour passers by.


Curt: Islamic Law

Posted in Austrian School / Libertarian Theory, Crime / Punishment / Justice Theory, Egalitarianism / Culture Wars on June 17th, 2015

the problem is that in practice it very much matters that Jewish and Islamic law is so substantially different from Western common and continental law. Particularly in that western law is universal and inclusive, Jewish Law is dual-ethical and arguably unethical, and Islamic law is intolerant and hostile. And both Jewish and Islamic law are separatist for the purpose of prohibiting integration.

It simply is not true that Catholic entry into America was not disastrous for the constitution or that Jewish immigration was even more so.

Aristocracy (those of us who are educated and debate the empirical consequences of these matters) are relatively irrelevant because we are not dependent upon our tribes for information. But the middle and lower classes are inversely dependent on norms and traditions and related status signals as well as peer opinion in order to act.

As such it is our lower and middle classes that demonstrate our cultural differences, and the opportunity middle and upper who parley those biases by way of votes under democracy into political power that exacerbates our differences.

Internet the monarchies we had diversity and lots of it because political power was denied as a means of status competition. And only market competition provided a means of signalling.

This is one of the most important readons why democracy has been a catastrophe for western man.

Black crime statistics, police violence statistics, and lying progressives.

Posted in Crime / Punishment / Justice Theory, Egalitarianism / Culture Wars, Lost Republic Original on May 4th, 2015

Progressives make their case with anecdotes. Conservatives need to counter with data.

The conservative strategy has to be telling the truth, and being as intolerant of lies as possible. Constantly ask them: Why are you lying?

“Police in America kill around 300 black people per year. Black criminals kill 1000 white people and over 6000 blacks. So yes, we can talk about the police thing. But we’ve got some other things to talk about too…”

Outside of STEM disciplines, Universities are no longer place where people learn to seek truth. They are places where people learn to lie.

The real racial bias: Cops more willing to shoot whites than blacks, research finds

Posted in Big Media, Crime / Punishment / Justice Theory, Egalitarianism / Culture Wars on January 8th, 2015


White People Set on Fire

Posted in Crime / Punishment / Justice Theory, Egalitarianism / Culture Wars, Immigration on December 12th, 2014


Sayings of Archidamidas and other Spartans

Posted in Crime / Punishment / Justice Theory on November 28th, 2014

in answer to a man who commended Charillus because he was gentle towards all alike:

“And how could any man be justly commended if he be gentle towards the wicked?


Malcom X quote applies to Michael Brown shooting

Posted in Crime / Punishment / Justice Theory, Egalitarianism / Culture Wars, Pic on November 28th, 2014


11,109 African Americans killed by other African Americans in last year and a half

Posted in Crime / Punishment / Justice Theory, Egalitarianism / Culture Wars, Pic on November 25th, 2014


Eli Harman on Altruistic Punishment

Posted in Austrian School / Libertarian Theory, Crime / Punishment / Justice Theory on August 11th, 2014

ALTRUISTIC PUNISHMENT: “I will bear a cost in order to impose a cost on someone for imposing costs on others.”

Directly, no one wins, it’s a lose/lose/lose; costs all the way around.

Indirectly, we all benefit from the maintenance of a normative commons that discourages people from imposing costs, negative externalities, on others or refraining from contributing to benefits, positive externalities, which are shared.

This is a common human behavior and it is impossible to understand human behavior, or the evolution of societies and polities, without understanding altruistic punishment.

Rape in US Prisons

Posted in Crime / Punishment / Justice Theory on January 8th, 2014


Only 5 years probation for murder of son’s rapist

Posted in Crime / Punishment / Justice Theory on December 26th, 2013

Old School!

Knockout Game Girl Defends Attackers

Posted in Crime / Punishment / Justice Theory, Egalitarianism / Culture Wars on November 24th, 2013

Lol. @5:30 – Knockout game is “another reason we need to better support our youth.”


Trayvon Martin was a wannabe Gangsta

Posted in Big Media, Crime / Punishment / Justice Theory, Egalitarianism / Culture Wars on July 14th, 2013

Glad the jury found him not guilty. Troubled by how much the angry mob of US society influenced this case.

Arresting Children

Posted in Crime / Punishment / Justice Theory, Educational Freedom, Police Brutality / Abuse on May 15th, 2013

387863_10151069882916540_1314888730_n #1 At one public school down in Texas, a 12-year-old girl named Sarah Bustamantes was recently arrested for spraying herself with perfume.

#2 A 13-year-old student at a school in Albuquerque, New Mexico was recently arrested by police for burping in class.

#3 Another student down in Albuquerque was forced to strip down to his underwear while five adults watched because he had $200 in his pocket. The student was never formally charged with doing anything wrong.

#4 A security guard at one school in California broke the arm of a 16-year-old girl because she left some crumbs on the floor after cleaning up some cake that she had spilled.

#5 One teenage couple down in Houston poured milk on each other during a squabble while they were breaking up. Instead of being sent to see the principal, they were arrested and sent to court.

#6 In early 2010, a 12-year-old girl at a school in Forest Hills, New York was arrested by police and marched out of her school in handcuffs just because she doodled on her desk. “I love my friends Abby and Faith” was what she reportedly scribbled on her desk.

#7 A 6-year-old girl down in Florida was handcuffed and sent to a mental facility after throwing temper tantrums at her elementary school.

#8 One student down in Texas was reportedly arrested by police for throwing paper airplanes in class.

#9 A 17-year-old honor student in North Carolina named Ashley Smithwick accidentally took her father’s lunch with her to school. It contained a small paring knife which he would use to slice up apples. So what happened to this standout student when the school discovered this? The school suspended her for the rest of the year and the police charged her with a misdemeanor.

#10 In Allentown, Pennsylvania a 14-year-old girl was tasered in the groin area by a school security officer even though she had put up her hands in the air to surrender.

#11 Down in Florida, an 11-year-old student was arrested, thrown in jail and charged with a third-degree felony for bringing a plastic butter knife to school.

#12 Back in 2009, an 8-year-old boy in Massachusetts was sent home from school and was forced to undergo a psychological evaluation because he drew a picture of Jesus on the cross.

#13 A police officer in San Mateo, California blasted a 7-year-old special education student in the face with pepper spray because he would not quit climbing on the furniture.

#14 In America today, even 5-year-old children are treated brutally by police. The following is from a recent article that described what happened to one very young student in Stockton, California a while back….

“Earlier this year, a Stockton student was handcuffed with zip ties on his hands and feet, forced to go to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation and was charged with battery on a police officer. That student was 5 years old”.

#15 At one school in Connecticut, a 17-year-old boy was thrown to the floor and tasered five times because he was yelling at a cafeteria worker.

#16 A teenager in suburban Dallas was forced to take on a part-time job after being ticketed for using foul language in one high school classroom. The original ticket was for $340, but additional fees have raised the total bill to $637.

#17 A few months ago, police were called out when a little girl kissed a little boy during a physical education class at an elementary school down in Florida.

#18 A 6-year-old boy was recently charged with sexual battery for some “inappropriate touching” during a game of tag at one elementary school in the San Francisco area.

#19 In Massachusetts, police were recently sent out to collect an overdue library book from a 5-year-old girl.




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