By James Murray
Posted April 27, 2021
William Burroughs said one time the ”interpersonal corruption,”of 1950s Little Italy or parts of Mexico was much preferable to the “institutional corruption,” that existed in 70s/80s American cities. But Burroughs was trust-fund art trash so your mileage may vary, and nowadays the system is nothing but corruption and losing legitimacy every day.
The left demanding “defund the police,” and complete “police abolition,” in a total absence of any revolutionary movement or organization, is not just sillytown phantasm of the type propagated by AOC and Omar. It is malpractice. If the police were defunded and abolished, who will keep neighborhoods and productive centers safe and secure? A new bureaucratic army of social workers? I’ve known relatively tame single moms who lived daily in more and fear and paranoia of a possible DHS visit than my gangster acquaintances experienced while involved in ongoing criminal activities. In Syria or in the U.S., no society will long suffer a deficit of social control. Someone(s) will take up the space.
I was listening to a podcast interview with J. Prince, a rap industry mogul, owner of dozens of fast-food franchises and the “mob boss” of Houston’s predominantly black city wards.
They asked what he thought about the “Abolish the police movement,” and he answered – “It would only be possible if there were some kind of alternative organization to maintain order and protect people.”
“You think that’s possible?”
“Of course its possible.”
“How would it be done?”
“I’m not gonna talk about that in public.”
Is the left really willing to make J. Prince the de-facto police chief of half of Houston? No doubt he could do a credible job, and in many ways the situation(s) might well improve. But I doubt an epidemic love fest of white liberalism would erupt in the absence of “professional policing.” Instead of days or weeks in county jail thieves, prostitutes and drug dealers who didn’t “play by the rules,” would get baseball batted, offensive homeless camps would be forcibly removed, summary executions, that kind of thing. Like any other shantytown on earth. Would that be better than the status quo? For many folks probably, and worse for others… but don’t kid yourself about what it would entail.. .Unless the proletariat has political-military organization it doesn’t have anything. It’s certainly in no condition to be making demands….