The Price of Eliminating Consequences

Posted by freedomforall 2 weeks, 5 days ago to Philosophy
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"Recently there were some remarkable online videos of a Portland, Oregon good Samaritan confronting shoplifters and forcing them to dump loads of their pilfered goods.

More stunning, however, was the sheer outrage—of the thieves!

They pouted. They screamed. They resisted. How dare anyone stop them from stealing anything they wished.

The criminals entertained no fear of any consequences for walking out with bags of things that were not theirs. They had no care that mainstreaming their habits would undermine the entire fabric of society.

What is common to the pandemic of smash-and-grab, carjacking, fighting on airliners while in flight, and deadly Saturday night shoot-outs is this same apparent assurance there will be no consequences.

That expectation of exemption is why the Antifa thugs in Atlanta were so bold in their latest violent attacks on the police.

And why not, after the 120 days of rioting, looting, arson, and assault in summer 2020 which resulted in few Antifa indictments, fewer convictions, and almost no imprisonments.

The “broken windows” theory of policing in the 1990s and 2000s showed how the failure to punish even minor infractions soon leads to escalation to more violent crimes.

The homeless take for granted that ancient rules forbidding urination, defecation, fornication, and injection on the sidewalks do not apply to them. Is it any wonder that they increasingly are not victims of circumstance but victimizers of innocent passersbys?

Yet deterrence is not just eroded from the bottom up, but also from the top down—and by an elite who assume it will never be subject to the chaos it wrought.

Former FBI Director Andrew McCabe admittedly lied on four occasions to federal investigators, apparently with the prescient expectation he would never be prosecuted.

The same hubris was true of former CIA Director John Brennan who admittedly lied under oath to Congress—twice—with absolute impunity.

The former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper not only lied under oath to Congress, but crowed that he gave the “least untruthful” answer. He too faced zero consequences.

Could the FBI and the CIA recover their tarnished reputations if their directors knew in advance they would go to jail for lying under federal oath?

Sometimes the problem is not just the absence of sure punishment for criminal behavior, but the asymmetry of penalties.

Why are some violent criminals released from custody the very day they punch, club, or shoot innocents, while others committing lesser offenses are not?

Nations are no different from people. Without expectation of a severe reaction to their provocations, they only escalate their aggression.

Why are athletes who choose not to be vaccinated barred from competing in the United States, while 6-7 million illegal entrants were waved in without passports, vaccinations, or COVID tests?

And once those millions south of the border saw a few thousand illegally cross with impunity shortly after Joe Biden was inaugurated, then they followed en masse.

Why does the Mexican government shrug when the United States asks it not to greenlight illegal immigration?

Why does Mexico City tolerate factories inside Mexico producing lethal fentanyl pills for export northward that kill over 100,000 Americans a year?

What sort of deterrence would stop millions from illegally entering the United States or Mexican-manufactured fentanyl from killing more Americans in the last decade than all the dead in all our wars since World War II?

Should the United States tax the $60 billion in remittances sent back yearly to Mexico, mostly by those who are here illegally and so often subsidized by our own state and federal entitlements?

Should America declare cartels international terrorists, extradite them, and bar all their accomplices and abettors from the global banking system?

China knowingly sends Mexico the raw ingredients of fentanyl, believing it is a win-win strategy of enormous profits and lots of deaths of America’s youth.

What would deter China from its nonchalant aggression? Still more concessions? More ignoring the Wuhan origins of the COVID pandemic?

Or would the expulsion of 350,000 Chinese students from American universities stop their fentanyl exporting? Or prohibiting Chinese companies with ties to the Communist government from buying American farmland?

Apparently, the more technologically sophisticated and affluent, Americans became, the more their elites believed they could change ancient human nature that is fixed and predictable across time and space.

They redefined criminality as either a lifestyle choice or reimaged the criminal as one with legitimate grievances against the society he subverts.

The more the Biden Administration ignores those harming us abroad, the more they interpret it as American weakness, if not decadence to be further exploited.

The result is the predictably dangerous present.

When our state and federal governments allow criminals and foreign nations to injure with impunity their own law-abiding citizens, is it any wonder the civilized world we once knew has vanished—replaced by the Hobbesian rule of the wild?"

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  • Posted by $ Dobrien 2 weeks, 4 days ago
    The idea that you should be Politically correct. Much of the rampant criminal behavior can be attributed to this MARXIST bullshit.
    When cops can’t target the criminals to try to prevent crimes the thugs are emboldened.
    When cops are thrown in jail because a thug resists
    Arrest by assaulting the cop and the cop shoots their sorry ass the thugs are emboldened.
    When criminal Governors Release the maggots before they have completed their punishment
    ,the thugs are emboldened.
    Now some schools have orders to have a zero suspension policy because the 13% account for 80% of the suspensions, the thugs are emboldened.
    When a vile used filthy rubber contents (scumbag)
    Like Soros buys the DA’s across the country and they refuse to prosecute the thugs they are emboldened.
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    • Posted by 2 weeks, 4 days ago
      👍 When government encourages the public schools and universities to
      teach that all the above are acceptable and correct, the civilized producers
      are punished, robbed, and blamed for the acts of evil scum - and the thugs
      are praised and emboldened.
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  • Posted by LibertyBelle 2 weeks, 3 days ago
    When I was a child, I knew the principle that if you give a bully an inch, he'll take a yard. So sometimes people are blamed for defending themselves or their property; and people think that if someone wasn't actually trying to kill you, you shouldn't fight him back by punching him,etc., since he was only trying some lesser offense, like stealing something you have. But my idea is, that, in such a case, you should not give an inch.
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    • Posted by 2 weeks, 3 days ago
      Agreed. 👍
      Likewise every 'peaceful demonstrator' related to BLM riots who were breaking the law,
      stealing, destroying property, etc. should have been put down on the ground (until they
      squeaked 'Can't Br...') and then put in jail, tried and punished appropriately.
      Their behavior was abominable and they have no excuse - none.
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  • Posted by mccannon01 2 weeks, 4 days ago
    In spite of technical advances it seems a sizable swath of the population is still tribal or desiring to return to the tribal living standards where raiding and looting other tribes is an acceptable behavior. Furthermore the tribal leaders, elected or otherwise, go along with this barbarism.
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    • Posted by $ Olduglycarl 2 weeks, 4 days ago
      Awareness and conscious introspection were hallmarks of the greatest evolutionary advancements for mankind but in hard times and at the end of the grand cycles of our world, civilization and our galaxy...that evolutionary advancement is the first thing to lay waist by the wayside for the weakest among us.
      It affects us all but more so for those that lack a solid connection to the mind.
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  • Posted by $ Markus_Katabri 2 weeks, 3 days ago
    “ Nations are no different from people. Without expectation of a severe reaction to their provocations, they only escalate their aggression.”

    This is profound. I would edit it to say governments.
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