On “bourgeois paternalism”

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March 6, 2012
Foundation for Economic Education
by Sandy Ikeda  
Posted in Commentary

"Wilson and Kelling’s thesis is based on the observation that 'one unrepaired broken window is a signal that no one cares, and so breaking more windows costs nothing.' If that’s the message, then small violations of local social norms such as vandalism can pave the way for serious crimes such as robbery, or worse. To combat these perverse dynamics they recommended that local police shift their priorities away from crime-fighting as such and toward the protection of the community, its safety and well-being." (03/06/12)


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