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Dec 22 robotslave commented on Why Does the Mayor Want to Put Your Weed Delivery Guy Out of Business?.
Also, looking forward to the in-depth reporting on where the no-scrip-required mobile marijuana salespeople are sourcing their product.

Totally none of them are supplied by blood-tainted organized crime networks, because The Stranger went way deep and checked all that out, right?
Dec 22 robotslave commented on Why Does the Mayor Want to Put Your Weed Delivery Guy Out of Business?.
Boy, am I ever looking forward to The Stranger's explanation of how 1,000 feet adds up to "3 or 4 city blocks."

Heidi, do you have any idea what a city block looks like?

Did you just look out the window of The Stranger's office, see a soccer field with Capitol Hill avenues at either end, and extrapolate from that?

Tip for living in the big city, Heidi: when urban-type people use "city block" as a unit of measure, they're talking about the long side of the block. And that's typically 600 to 900 feet.

As a lad raised in a real American city, I learned that there are, as a rule of thumb, about 8 city blocks to a mile. Which would put 1000 feet at a block and a half.
Dec 22 robotslave commented on A Few Brief Notes on a Terrible Weekend.
@17, @21

Our particular embodiment of a State, like many others throughout history, confers legitimacy on violence deemed by The State to have been undertaken in self-defense. Thus there is no incursion on The State's monopoly on the legitimate use of force in such cases. Anyone with even a rudimentary understanding of Weber's construction can grasp this easily.

In ancient Rome, if you were a male Citizen (i.e. not a slave) and you walked in on your wife fucking your neighbor (also a Citizen) then The State said you were allowed to kill your wife, but not your Citizen neighbor. The State had a monopoly on the legitimate use of force, but The State's determination of what was legitimate was rather different than that of our own State today.
Dec 22 robotslave commented on SPOG Is Still an Obstacle to Reform at the Seattle Police Department.
@12, @13

That seems to me about as credible as the thoroughly debunked Freakonomics argument that crime has been declining since the 70s because abortion is legal now.

The most boring explanation is probably right, that is, it's some combination of: more data more readily available to police; more effective policing and prevention methods (though obviously with plenty of room for improvement); the revolution in psychopharmacology (and its overapplication); higher (and unjust) incarceration rates*; significant technological advances in crime fighting (e.g. the advent of DNA-testing); the (unnerving) expansion of private and public surveillance systems; shifts in urban planning (e.g. decentralizing public housing, tearing down soviet-style tenements like the Robert Taylor Homes); and scads of other mundane stuff I'm not even aware of, I'm sure.

Basically, pretty much everything except economics. We've got more desperately poor people in America today than we did when crime started falling.

 

* alas. The nationwide correlation still exists, as if our more urbanized states were effectively exporting incarceration to states with lower population densities, somehow.
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Dec 22 robotslave commented on SPOG Is Still an Obstacle to Reform at the Seattle Police Department.
@7

Yes, as I clearly said. Less than conclusive.
Dec 22 robotslave commented on A Few Brief Notes on a Terrible Weekend.
Max Weber's coinage of "a monopoly on the legitimate use of force" was not an attempt to describe what The State does, or seeks to do. It was a definition; it is what The State is, it is the bare minimum of what Weber thought a person could mean when referring to something as a "State."

Carry on.
Dec 22 robotslave commented on SPOG Is Still an Obstacle to Reform at the Seattle Police Department.
@3

Police militarization as a cause of crime reduction isn't well supported by the evidence; the crime drop, which has been ongoing for decades now, started well before the flood of War On Terror funding began.

A better (but still less than conclusive) correlation can be found with the unprecedented rise of the incarceration rate in the US. Which is kind of a bummer.

There are more boring explanations out there, with no definitive evidence for one cause being preeminent over any other. A ton of research has gone into this over the past couple of decades, but we still don't really know why crime is falling, and has been for so long.
Dec 22 robotslave commented on A Few Brief Notes on a Terrible Weekend.
@13

I think we've probably heard the last from the ACAB-banner-waving smashists, at least for a while.

You're right, though, to say that the smashists are only a minority even amongst anarchists. But so long as majority anarchists show no interest in finding ways to keep smashist ideology and action out of their prefigurative societies*, I won't want to live in any society they're prefiguring.

 

* it seems reasonable to take anarchists at their word when they say that every Action is "doing anarchism," that every march and event embodies a prefigurative anarchist society.
Dec 22 robotslave commented on A Few Brief Notes on a Terrible Weekend.
Oh, and this, too, in NYC on Dec 12. They're marching behind a black and red anarchist flag, surprise surprise.
 

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