[lbo-talk] crime rising in US cities

Carrol Cox cbcox at ilstu.edu
Mon May 21 12:37:51 PDT 2007

Doug Henwood wrote:

> As I recall, that's not the theory - it's not the vets that do the
> crimes, it's the sight of state-sponsored violence abroad that
> inspires crime at home. There was some sociologist or criminologist
> linked to this theory, but it all escapes me now. This is what
> happens as you approach the near-elderly demographic.

Well, if you and I both remember it (however vaguely) it must be true. And I'm fairly sure of my memory on the one point -- that it wasn't veterans (or just veterans) but sectors of the populace not touched directly by the war. I don't recall any particular theorizing on it -- one obvious but not necessarily true theory would be that legal violence (in great quantities) has the effect of legitimizing violence as a way of :-) handling contradictions.


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