Law and order are our culture’s most precious belongings

by Mr. Sheehy

People in many parts of the world simply live beyond the apparatus of law and order. The District of Columbia spends about $850 per person per year on police. In Bangladesh, the government spends less than $1.50 per person per year on police. The cops are just not there.

In the United States, there is one prosecutor for every 12,000 citizens. In Malawi, there is one prosecutor for every 1.5 million citizens. The prosecutors are just not there.

Even when there is some legal system in place, it’s not designed to impose law and order for the people. It is there to protect the regime from the people. The well-connected want a legal system that can be bought and sold.

David Brooks, discussing The Locust Effect by Gary A. Haugen and Victor Boutros, a book I am now interested in reading. These ideas strike me as right on, connecting to my experience living not in the third world but in Caracas, Venezuela, where the lack of law and order (e.g. the high murder rate) is being cited as the main reason for the current frustrations of the populace.

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