We live in a pretty coddled culture. If other people’s thoughts upset us, we can silence those who committed the thought crimes, deplatform them, and, in some cases, destroy their livelihoods. If we just walk a bit faster past the homeless man shooting up black tar heroin, we can get home to our comfortable couches and endless slew of placating media sooner. This pampered perception of reality we live day in and day out is the natural product of a culture operating like that of a gynecocracy.
Our learned naivety doesn’t necessarily come from a place of lacking smarts, but instead is fueled by blissful ignorance. We’re taught compassion above all else, or at least to appear to have empathy. As a result, many young women have now been brought up in a world insulated from reality. But natural law and raw human nature aren’t so pretty. Human beings are capable of truly heinous things when we abandon the rule of law.
The Left Isn’t Shy About Their Love for Anarcho-Tyranny
“Man is born free, and he is everywhere in chains,” wrote Jean Jaques Rousseau in The Social Contract, his book which expanded upon the eponymous philosophical theory. When nations functioned on theological principles, social contracts were glaringly obvious, but in our increasingly areligious society, the social contract is more or less just an agreement among members of a community and their leader to define limits to rights or duties.
Think about it, if you grew up internalizing The 10 Commandments, a social contract grounded in religion, you may have been less likely to commit adultery, steal, or kill. As Western civilization becomes less religious and new ideologies step in to fill that gaping hole, there are genuine safety risks for women and of course men too. After all, men are nearly twice as likely as women to be victims of violent crime, but part of the reason for this is because they do commit over 70% of all crimes.
Nevertheless, the mainstream American left has seemingly adopted radically progressive stances on criminal justice and what would appear to be a near apologetic view on regressive anarcho-tyranny. The words that come out of their mouths would have you thinking that they’re incredibly sensitive to victims and want to prevent crime. Who doesn’t, right? But prison abolitionists and associated movements don’t seem to care much about the reality of dissolving the rule of law.
Anarcho-tyranny is in essence a descent into managed chaos. Government doesn’t decrease its stranglehold on you, but it allows a certain amount of lawlessness to thrive. In today’s world, we see organized retail theft increasing at such worrying speeds that even your local CVS, Walgreens, or Target keeps its cosmetics or baby formula locked up behind glass panels. One Target off Folsom Street in San Francisco, California, confronted with the 27% nationwide increase in theft, went viral in a TikTok for keeping its entire product line locked up behind glass.
“There’s no consequences. Literally zero consequences … I’ve been here since 9 a.m. today. I probably have already kicked out eight or nine people, and I’ve recovered a thousand dollars worth of stuff alone off of that. Whether we kick them out, tell them they can’t come back, whether I put them in handcuffs and take them down to the county jail – there is no difference. Because they will not be prosecuted by the district attorney,” admitted one police officer about how Target locations in his city can lose up to $25,000 in any given day from organized retail theft.
His comments perfectly outline the issue at hand. Whether violent or unarmed, criminals are given a free pass to bypass the law while well-meaning citizens are discouraged from carrying or even owning guns for common-sense self-protection measures. We’ve witnessed this firsthand through the “Defund the Police” movement, the promotion of progressive prosecution, and the prison abolitionist movement.
Naturally, all are explicitly anti-white in rhetoric. Their answer to the unfortunate fact that most crime is committed by black men is that any acknowledgment of the truth is racist and that we should approach criminals more gently while treating “racists” with more ruthlessness. Don’t believe me? Look no further than “educators” and “organizers” like Mariame Kaba and her predecessor Angela Y. Davis.
“I am looking to abolish what I consider to be death-making institutions, which are policing, imprisonment, sentencing, and surveillance,” Kaba once said in an interview with The New Yorker. “And what I want is to basically build up another world that is rooted in collective wellness, safety, and investment in the things that would actually bring those things about.”
Well, that’s all well and good, but what social contract are we operating on? I understand detesting government encroachment and wishing that the nanny state didn’t aggressively target anyone who is doing no harm, but abolishing law and order means we must then place unlimited amounts of faith in either corporations or other individuals for protection.
Apparently, Putting Violent Criminals Behind Bars Is a Bad Thing
Prison abolitionists like Kaba and Davis draw inspiration from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s movement for a “radical reconstruction” of American society. As a trained and prominent critical theorist and maven of Marxism, Davis has said divisive things like “racism is embedded in the fabric of this country,” and her elk proliferates the concepts of “white guilt” and a collective American guilt more broadly.
Dare to speak out? You’re slandered as a racist. You’re expected to just post a black square or adopt whatever the next social clout chaser deems you’re supposed to post to stand in solidarity and definitely not engage in performative allyship.
All the while, critical theorists and Marxist philosophers continue to make strides infiltrating American institutions with their regressively “progressive” ideology. Look no further than poster-child for the modern Left, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a member of Congress who outwardly calls for the abolition of prisons.
"Mass incarceration is our American reality," Rep Ocasio Cortez once said in a tweet. "It is a system whose logic evolved from the same lineage as Jim Crow, American apartheid, & slavery. To end it, we have to change. That means we need to have a real conversation about decarceration & prison abolition in this country."
So what happens when we adopt these principles like many of our educators and legislators encourage us to do? Reality indeed comes at you fast. In Minnesota, second vice chairwoman for the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Shivanthi Sathanandan, who had previously vowed to “dismantle” Minneapolis’s Police Department, was bloodied and beaten in front of her children during a carjacking outside her own home early this September. She posted a selfie on Facebook and wrote that the suspects should be brought to justice, saying, “These men knew what they were doing. I have NO DOUBT they have done this before. Yet they are still on OUR STREETS. Killing mothers. Giving babies psychological trauma that a lifetime of therapy cannot ease. With no hesitation and no remorse.”
But during the George Floyd riots in 2020, she applauded Minneapolis’s school board terminating a contract with their police department and literally posted about her desire to dismantle law enforcement in her city. The policies she advocated for undoubtedly affected the lives of many Minneapolis residents, but then when she sadly becomes, as she put it, “part of the statistics,” only then does she show gratitude for the “incredible” law enforcement.
No one deserves the treatment that Sathanandan endured, but as Elon Musk said in response to the story: “The pampered ones forget why police exist and assume everyone is like them. Unfortunately, some humans actually enjoy using violence against others. If they are not stopped, they will come for you.”
Who Becomes the Victim? You Become the Victim
One self-professed “anarchist” baker in California was robbed and killed after two thieves smashed her car window in Oakland and stole her purse. The owner of Angel Cakes, a Bay Area bakery, Jen Angel was reportedly a “long-time social movement activist,” and therefore didn’t believe in “carceral punishment or incarceration as an effective or just solution to social violence and inequity.”
After Angel’s death, her loved ones set up a GoFundMe for support and to push the message of “restorative justice.” This position asserts that if Angel’s murderers were to be put behind bars, any amount of “true healing” wouldn’t be possible.
In fact, Angel was so anti-traditional prosecution that when her own bakery was vandalized she took to Instagram to show off the damage and brush off the issue, saying, “Someone was having a mental health crisis and was walking down the street being all angry, and then picked up a paving stone out of the garden and used it to smash our window before moving on down the street. It was totally random, and just unfortunate on so many levels, like the state of mental health care in general and the randomness of that connecting with our big window. No-one was hurt and nothing was taken.”
Angel’s case isn’t the only depressing example of cognitive dissonance among the left and an absolute disregard for the reality of crime. Proponents of the progressive criminal justice system may point to European nations that have redesigned prison life. Yes, we do want people to atone for their crimes and internalize their rehabilitation, but the European model is simply impossible to recreate here in America. Such is the same logic that follows with European social programs. America is home to more violent offenders. For comparison, the state of New York had 30,000 violent felons convicted at one point, while the entire country of Norway only had 2,900.
Rafael Mangual, head of research for the Policing and Public Safety Initiative at the Manhattan Institute, explained in an appearance on the High Noon podcast with Independent Women’s Forum Senior Policy Fellow Inez Stepman that with criminal justice, people take a “kind of denialist rhetorical approach, rather than take the problem head-on.”
The end result? It does a “real disservice” to the people who do live in or travel to areas targeted by crime because cycles of poverty, drug culture, fatherlessness, and more are insufficiently addressed. Instead, offenders don’t develop a true sense of rehabilitation and run the risk of becoming hardcore criminals. On average, American prisoners get arrested almost 11 times before finally being locked up in prison.
Mangual told Stepman that advocates for mass release or mass non-incarceration are “essentially rolling the dice with the lives and the quality of life of people who are living in those pockets of concentrated crime, and that’s not good.”
Though there are indeed instances where people wrongfully end up behind bars, it’s naive to think that the vast majority of criminals are incarcerated because of a so-called racist society and not because of their own poor actions. Sadly, it would appear that this heightened acceptance of crime is being used as a political tool by the left, and your personal safety is being threatened at the expense of increasing intersectional power.
The outside world you explore simply cannot provide you with the same level of comfort and safety as your own living room. To imagine otherwise is folly. Criminal behavior can be reduced, but it will never be outright abolished. Unfortunately, this delusional take that we should just forgive violent criminals and shouldn’t protect ourselves will lead us into harm’s way.
You don’t need to be “on guard” all of the time, but it does you no good to insulate yourself from genuine measures of protection. Criminals aren’t the victims of the crimes they commit, the people who end up psychologically impacted, physically maimed, sexually harmed, or outright killed are the victims.
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