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In the title of his magisterial book, Fyodor Dostoevsky paired “Crime and Punishment,” not crime and pardons, or crime and “Civics lessons,” amnesty and asylum.

Punishment must closely follow a crime in order to be both effective as a deterrent, as well as to serve as a public declaration of values and norms.

In explaining Texas justice and its attendant values, stand-up satirist Ron White performed the public service no politician is prepared to perform. “In Texas, we have the death penalty and we use it. If you come to Texas and kill somebody, we will kill you back.”

So, where’s such clarity when you need it?

Something has gotten into the country’s lymphatic system. The infection is becoming more apparent by the day, not least in the way matters of life-and-death are debated (or not).

Again and again one hears boilerplate statements that fail to properly fix on the defining issues of our time, much less fix them.

Consider the flippancy over threats against persons and property, from within the country and from without it.

The home of Fox News personality Tucker Carlson is surrounded by a small, if menacing, mob, and his family threatened. Before dinging the man’s front door, the assailants chant out their criminal intentions:

“Tucker Carlson, we will fight. We know where you sleep at night. We know where you sleep.”

To which other talkers, even the wonderful Tucker, respond by vaporizing about rights to speech and protest vs. some or other watered-down peace and security to which private property owners are entitled.

Nobody alludes to the rights of private property or to the fulcrum that is law-and-order.

No demands for arrests are issued or voiced, publicly. No expectation for retribution is set-up. Follow-up is nonexistent in media. Police do not publicize any arrests. If they make them, none are reported by media.

No teachable moments occur.

Remember words like, “Police are requesting the public’s assistance in finding those responsible”? Or, “No arrests have been made, as yet”? Such civilizing utterances have vanished from the nomenclature of media and law enforcement, when discussing acts of trespass, vandalism, and public disorderliness.

Be they within the U.S. or from without it, acts that violate one person’s property rights or the property rights of many—as the Central American caravanners expect to do—these acts don’t conjure the requisite tough talk or actions.

As a popular aphorism goes, “Justice should be seen to be done.” This is paramount to the rule of law. But more than that: In a population whose ignorance is growing, not diminishing, the basic and public acts of naming the transgression, identifying the transgressors, and arresting and prosecuting them are all essential in setting up an expectation of law-and-order.

Yet, on Tucker’s TV show, a languid guest (Victor Davis Hanson) suggested serenely that the solution to ambient lawlessness lies in … bringing back Civics lessons, to schools already root-and-branch rotten.

Public flogging is cheaper, safer, and more effective than sinking more money into one of the worst schooling systems in the developed world. (Joke alert for the humorless.)

When the streets and suburbs are ceded to thugs threatening to inflict bodily harm on citizens—the U.S. may no longer lay claim to being a country steeped in the rule of law.

Still on the topic of lawlessness, incivility and disrespect for personal boundaries: A Fox News panelist, Kat Timpf, is another in a list of public persons to be accosted by political adversaries, while out on the town.

Hounded before her were Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, White House adviser Stephen Miller, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, and Sen. and Mrs. Cruz, all badgered at eateries and other establishments.

Timpf tweeted, “I was just ran [sic] out of an establishment because of where I work. Chewed out, abused. But I guess that’s the norm now.”


(It’s a shame that in the course of tweeting her unfortunate experience, Ms. Timpf herself committed unforgivable aggression against the English language. A grammatical iteration of what Ms. Timpf meant is, “I was just run out of an establishment.” Conservatism means to conserve. That includes the English language.)

Once again, the victims are surrounded by a conservative circle of love and lamentation. Thousands of hackneyed tweets are sent their way. “We love you Kat.” (Rather than, “Please learn to conjugate your verbs, Kat.”)

Attempts to talk sense about what just went down and what should have gone down under law-and-order, the rule of law, and the sanctity of private property—these seldom happen.

And not one word is disgorged about the obligation of proprietors to protect their patrons.

Why aren’t businesses blamed for letting hooligans hassle paying patrons, as they try to enjoy services for which they’ve paid?

Why has no one suggested that the onus is on private property owners—yes, proprietors!—to turn away those who badger other customers in their rightful enjoyment of the services they bought?

The lack of focused debate is even more “messed up” than the assaults just recounted.

I mean, the Red Hen Restaurant henpecked Sarah Huckabee Sanders and her young family. Then and there, Mrs. Sanders ought to have demanded her money back. That would have been a better teachable moment to the nation than any presser ever given by this press secretary.

Ilana Mercer’s weekly, paleolibertarian think piece has been going strong since 1999. She is the author of “Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons for America From Post-Apartheid South Africa (2011) & “The Trump Revolution: The Donald’s Creative Destruction Deconstructed (June, 2016). She’s on Twitter, Facebook,Gab & YouTube

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  1. JLK says:

    I don’t agree with the public confrontations and the doxxing, from either side, but at least they are out in the open.

    The intolerance and self-righteousness exhibited by some of the factions who are as a practical matter exempt from media criticism leads me to wonder how many surreptitious acts of aggression and discrimination happen under the radar.

    If one faction generally respects those with opposing views and another is self-righteous and aggressive enough to actively undermine those it disagrees with, in academia, politics or climbing the corporate ladder, an advantage will eventually be gained. If the media is averse to scrutiny of such a trend, it can go on for a long time and become especially pronounced.

  2. Da Wei says:

    “Public flogging is cheaper, safer, and more effective than sinking more money into one of the worst schooling systems in the developed world.

    (Joke alert for the humorless.)”

    Allow me to parse this pithy remark to explain why it is the meatiest part of the piece. “Public flogging IS (my emphasis) cheaper, safer and more effective…” Paddling butts worked 60 or more years ago in U.S. public schools and recipients developed into more solid citizens than we generally see today. Today, teachers would be fired and parents jailed for using this tried and true method.

    Today’s methods are far less direct. Outside the box thinkers are placed in the stocks of public humiliation, subjected to ridicule in ways that are sneaky, snotty and snide … and that’s just for holding disparate views. Entire television productions thrive on ad hominem attacks, a milder form of the the aggressive offenses you reference in your article. I wish Tucker Carlson had been less understanding and said, “They ought to have their asses kicked, not kissed.”

    One final word about the efficacy of public flogging: Singapore.

    Now, for our schooling system, and it is just that, a system for schooling, training, standardizing and regulating. It doesn’t work. Mostly, it’s a holding tank that gives a lot of people jobs and political platforms and gives an excuse for colleges and universities to sell more teaching certificates and crank out more doctors of education. Now, if there’s anything we need more of it’s doctors of education. Lastly, people in the business of schooling don’t even understand or acknowledge the difference between brainwashing, skills training and true education, which, among other things, requires honesty, critical thinking and at least a touch of sophistication. By sophistication I mean an awareness of alternatives. These days, parents who can’t afford to send their children to top register schools should home school. Our schools, top to bottom, are affirmative action jokes.

    Finally, we come to your caveat. I’ve read some of your recent posts and understand you find it necessary to tell when you’re making a joke. We need special parking permits for the humor impaired. It’s understandable that you can’t take for granted the reader’s perceptions. Yours is a good joke, because it’s damn true.

  3. Great article! America now is already in the mode of so called “Proletarian justice”. It’s not as though all kinds of crime remain unpunished (or under punished). You are surely aware that any real or imagined violation against sodomites and other perverts, against progressives/liberasts, or against muslims are promptly punished with the full extension of “hate crimes”. Therefore we are in the mode of the Liberast justice (as the logical extension of its sister Proletarian justice).

    During the later period of the USSR, this one way street was known as “freedom” by Comrade Krushchev, which boasted how the Soviet freedom is superior to the so called Western freedom:

    We have all the freedoms to fight for Communism, but we have none nor must we have any to fight against Communism.

    Replace “Communism” with “Liberasty” – and you are in contemporary America.

  4. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:

    Oh, so that’s what people mean by “grammatical iteration.”

    Is Ms. Mercer the most stylish writer here at The Unz Review, or what?

    • Replies: @Reactionary Utopian
  5. Perhaps the author is correct for the very basic reason that US culture has become inherently crimogenic ?
    Compare the Savings & Loan scandal to the GFC. The first: full investigation, prosecutions & punishment for those establishment figures found guilty.
    The later: far more devastating & found worthy of…nothing. No investigation, prosecution or punishment.
    The fish rots from the head….

  6. schrub says:

    Want another even more revealing example of a far more serious crime that has received little or no recent media coverage at all?

    Consider the recent prison assassination of Boston Irish crime head Whitey Bulger.

    I am still waiting for any left (or right wing for that matter) media outlet to actually comment on the fact Bulger worked for many years as an undercover informant for the FBI, apparently overseen for part of this time by Trump’s current thorn-in- the-side Robert Mueller ( US Assistant US Attorney for the Criminal division, Massachusetts 1986-1987, US Assistant Attorney General Criminal Division 1990-1993, FBI head 2001-2013). Mueller’s presence in the US Criminal Division in Massachusetts in the late 1980’s meant that he had to have known all about Bulger as early as then.

    The FBI rewarded Bulger for his many tips on other criminals by ignoring his own criminal activities which included numerous murders directed by him.

    If memory serves me right Bulger was such a valuable source for the FBI that it even went so far as to fraudulently frame three or four innocent men and put them in jail for years in order to just cover up Bulger’s connection to the FBI.

    After Bulger’s criminal activities and his interesting connection to the FBI started to become more widely known, Bulger was tipped off his FBI handler in about 1995 that an indictment was being readied. Bulger then disappears.

    Where does Bulger then flee to and then lives for the next sixteen years unmolested? How about Santa Monica, California a town of just 90,00 people which is right next to where the biggest movie stars live in Malibu and is absolutely awash in reporters and paparazzi as a result. It is also the world headquarters for media magnet Scientology. One would assume that it might not be the best place to store a ten-most wanted crook like Bulger. Were the Santa Monica police told to ignore Bulger’s presence for all those years by just maybe, the FBI?

    After sixteen years of freedom Bulger is finally captured. He is now apparently simply too dangerous to be free. He is then tried and receives a life sentence 2013 and is put away most likely to shut him up. He disappears from public sight.

    Mueller must have also known about Bulger’s life as a fugitive in Santa Monica (which was probably government funded since no one has yet explained how Bulger supported himself there) all the way up to his capture in 2011.

    Bulger’s low key presence in a country club-like prison that was most likely specifically set up to protect still high-value informants like Bulger came to an abrupt end just a few weeks ago. He was suddenly transferred between two or three other prisons and is then subjected to what appears to be a very well planned assassination very soon after the final transfer to a super high security security prison that was apparently awash in murderers serving life sentences with no possibility of parole and therefore with many candidates for killing Bulger. This assassination was no accident.

    The story behind Bulger’s very mysterious recent prison transfers has received absolutely no real coverage from any news source whatsoever. Nobody seems to know (or apparently is interested in knowing) who authorized the transfers or why they were made. These transfers of a still high value but hated “snitch” like Bulger had to have been approved by someone very high up. Bulger was most likely killed because someone thought he might reveal something (which was probably a good bet considering his history as an informant).

    No crime has ever so quickly slipped down the memory hole. Murder, of course, used to be more important for media coverage than mere insults in restaurants. Apparently, this isn’t the case when a thorough investigation of Bulger’s death would bring invariably bring up his connection to Mueller and maybe a motive for Bulger’s quick demise.

    If Trump brings up Mueller’s connection to Bulger, Mueller’s investigation will simply implode. Even the media won’t continue its support of him.

    • Replies: @byrresheim
  7. When will Ms. Mercer turn her attention to the unpunished and immense financial crimes on Wall Street along with the serial swindles and criminality coming out of Israel?

    • Replies: @Quebecer
  8. Quebecer says:
    @mark green

    I was born a Catholic, but I don’t think I’d feel obligated as a writer to comment on the Vatican’s financial dealing.

  9. How about Crime & Community Service as the modern revision?

    I lived in Singapore when a smug American teen, Michael Fay, was nabbed for vandalism and sentenced to caning. The American media went apeshit about the “barbarity” of the punishment, and the Clinton Administration leaned on Singapore to lighten up, but they beat the kid anyway, pointing out that punishment was one reason Singapore was a clean and orderly place. I was happy to see that, and I apparently was among the majority of Americans. It didn’t rehabilitate the miscreant, but he did leave Singapore, so mission accomplished.

    I’d advocate caning of offenders like AntiFa, but I know it would be reserved solely for the likes of the Proud Boys and others of the right.

  10. Nice article until we got a completely of-topic, self-serving and self-aggrandizing lecture about grammar and the conjugation of verbs.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  11. Anon[627] • Disclaimer says: • Website

    Jewish Power prizes Antifa as its Janissary force. Whites brainwashed to betray their own kind.

    They should be called Janifa.

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
  12. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:

    Grammatical iteration in hopes of a katfight?

  13. Rich says:

    We are about to enter even worse territory as “law and order” candidate Trump, thinking he’ll get leftist support, is about to overturn the harsher sentencing guidelines imposed by the Reaganites. These longer sentences led to a huge drop in the crime rate that we are still benefiting from today. Criminals were locked up for longer which allowed law abiding citizens to feel a little safer. As the criminals begin to realize they have less to fear, crime will naturally rise, but reducing sentences will surely get republicans the black vote this time, right?

    • Replies: @MarkinLA
  14. anon[221] • Disclaimer says:

    Timpf tweeted, “I was just ran [sic] out of an establishment because of where I work. Chewed out, abused. But I guess that’s the norm now.”

    is it just me or does this seem like a retard-level error?

    • Replies: @anonymous
    , @byrresheim
  15. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:

    Or perhaps a mere typo written in excited haste, even a change generated by software? I would look over the person’s other work before voicing a crude opinion about her intelligence, education, or standards as a writer.

    But if we’re going to speculate, I think it may have been something else about Ms. Timpf that caught the eye of Ms. Mercer.

  16. MarkinLA says:

    Some of the biggest increases in sentencing came under Clinton. This was when crack cocaine was rampant in the black community. These longer sentences were endorsed by the Congressional Black Caucus. They probably thought that all the crack was coming in by outside sources. However, by then, even many of the mid level dealers and above were black. Since gang members don’t snitch, it was hard to go up the ladder and get anybody who wasn’t black. So now black leadership is against the heavy sentencing they were previously for.

  17. @anonymous

    Oh, so that’s what people mean by “grammatical iteration.”

    Is Ms. Mercer the most stylish writer here at The Unz Review, or what?

    Well, really, I don’t think she quite is — I think that’s CJ Hopkins. She is pretty doggone good, though.

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
  18. BiggDee55 says:

    I predict, sadly predict, that 2019 will produce the watershed moment. We have see the “conservative” elements in our fractured culture restrain themselves to the point of physical assault going unchecked. Beginning with the Trump campaigns and rallies(in CA especially) to ferocious cows verbally and physically assaulting peaceful protectors of children, etc. One or a few of these “patriot prayer” rally type gatherings and ANTIFA’s predictable conniptions will get out of hand. One side is (fire) armed and competent, the other side brings a knife for poseur purposes.

  19. there is no longer any correlation between crime and punishment

    because the ‘Murkan legal system, like

    every other Institution, is terminally Jew’d: in particular,

    according to (((Marxist))) jurisprudence,

    (ethno)criminals are victims of society, while

    (White) society is guilty.

    this said, any illiterate Foxtard named “Kat Timpf”

    deserves whatever she gets.

  20. @schrub

    Thank you sir.

    I did not even notice the man was murdered.

    The word whataboutism was coined to belittle comments such as your’s.

  21. @Anon

    Janifa–not bad, only no one would get it .

  22. @Reactionary Utopian

    Monsieur Le Derb ain’t no slouch, says I.

  23. Ragno says:

    Anyone with even a passing familiarity with both Eric Clanton (the bike-lock professor) and Gavin McInnes and his Proud Boys has already absorbed the only lesson intended: the anarchist who clubbed seven people in the head – from behind, so they never saw it coming – got a full walk, possibly including a grin and a wink from the sentencing judge; while the American citizens who chose to physically defend themselves from attack (for their political opinions) are even now being threatened with felony charges (even though their actions prevented any further number of people from being assaulted that night).

    It is understood by one and all that those “felony charges” are a handy carrot-and-stick being used to remind the citizenry that they had better learn to accept Bolshevik street terror as part of the new cost of doing business in America, and cower accordingly, if they don’t want to end up like Joseph Fields (whose trial begins very soon, for the “crime” of not allowing an armed and unrestrained mob from dragging him out of his car and killing him).

    Let the complete capitulation of media, academia and even our own government stand as an uncomfortable, but unavoidable, reminder that we no longer require a Trump but a Bolsonaro to restore order to both our public life and our justice system. If this entire sordid chapter of our history concludes with a few rich-kid punks tossed in jail – without being joined in stir by a good number of politicians, professors and pretend journalists – we will have learned, and solved, nothing.

  24. The kneejerk dictator in me suggests that local police departments should invest in stocks and rotten vegetable futures.

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