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The Decline of the Public Good
Rail travel chaos after cable theft
"Tens of thousands of rail passengers suffered travel chaos today after another cable theft."
Scholars analyze reasons for '90s crime decrease
David F. Greenberg, sociology prof at NYU, questions whether Bill Bratton's tactics, or 'zero tolerance', caused the crime decrease
Housing instability is linked to poor mental health and offending, says Centre for Mental Health
"Without a safe and stable place to live offenders with mental health problems are likely to become trapped in a cycle of offending and homelessness."
Benefits Fraud: would the taxpayer save money by giving every citizen their due, not a penny more, not a penny less? Actually, it would cost £12.7 billion EXTRA!
"Moral outrage is about something that doesn’t affect you personally. If someone pulls the leg off your teddy bear, it’s not moral outrage you are feeling – just rage. (No, really, I forgave you years ago. You know who you are!) Moral outrage is all about the principal. And is magnified more by how close the offender is to you than by the magnitude of the offence......"
Britain facing boom in dishonesty
After the slaughter at Sandy Hook school, America's firearms debate intensifies
"Since the outrage that shocked the world, another 500 Americans have died because of absurd gun Laws. They include a boy, just 3, a church volunteer and a victim of road rage. And the solution? More guns, says the NRA. Unbelievable..."
Fighting crime with education
Criminality and Colonial Anthropology
Lower classes quicker to show compassion in the face of suffering
Research from UC Berkeley
Crime falls when Sweden 'drinks like Europe'
"'Continental'' drinking habits among Swedes have had a positive impact on violent crime levels, despite rising alcohol consumption, according to a report on Tuesday."
Leveson: an elephantine, sloppy exercise in cut-and-paste
"Shuffling bundles in his Strand courtroom, Lord Justice Leveson offers surprisingly little original thought or research"
PCC chair says he has widespread media backing for self-regulation plan
"Lord Hunt says contract system should be introduced after publication of Leveson report."
Eugenics: the skeleton that rattles loudest in the left's closet
Riots were a wake-up call to country, says Iain Duncan Smith
"Work and pensions secretary links the disorder in London and other cities to problems of drugs, gangs and welfare-dependency."
Malawi suspends anti-gay laws as MPs debate repeal
"Moratorium follows arrest of gay couple in 2009 as Amnesty and rights groups urge permanent solution."
Why is crime in the US at a historic low?
"We may never know precisely what causes crime, but we know a lot about what can beat it: active citizens in strong communities."
Shame works on bankers, MPs and tabloids, however immune they seem
...modern Britain, [not] "broken" so much as "shameless". Nothing offends conservatives... quite like the flouting of moral codes. But is it the feckless poor or the reckless rich who really lack the scruples necessary to civilised life?
One law for the rich and another for the poor?
"Damning and punishing the faceless hoody comes a lot easier than seriously challenging the faceless banker who broke our economy."
Building strong communities means we can hold government to account
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