I was thinking about the whole ‘defund the police’ thing. In many ways I sympathise. The social scientist in me sympathises. However much more money could be put into social services I think at the end of the day some kind of police force is needed because some people are intent on doing harm and just referring them to social counselling is kind of laughable. I dunno maybe I am not radical enough. Maybe there will be an emancipatory social revolution but in the world of elections as currently constituted the Dems are gonna lose a heap of votes by signing up to ‘defund the police’ even if it is more detailed in practice than the slogan.

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