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The Essence of Safety

 

MICHAEL S. writes:

Check out the photo with this New York Times article about crime in the city. Of course, it focuses on a beaming female police graduate. Note how much shorter she is than the men to either side of her. She’s practically a MiniMe.

The incumbent Chief Bloviator of New York, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, says:

“The essence of civilization is that you can walk down the street without having to look over your shoulder.”

As usual, Bloomberg, you’re wrong. The essence of civilization is discrimination — deciding that one thing is better than another, that one state of being is better than another, and then choosing to do the work necessary to have that better thing. Being able to walk down the street without looking over your shoulder is one of the results of civilization, not its essence.

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