In 2011, I calculate the overall US murder rate as 4.6 per 100,000 population.
But if you recalculate this, and assumed that black men murdered at the
same rate as everyone else, the overall rate would drop to 1.9 out of
100,000 population. That would give the United States the 147th highest
murder rate in the world - or, the 60th best.
The insane disproportionate murder rate among US blacks is why the overall US murder rate seems so high.
I don't understand why liberals refuse to talk about this. I don't
understand why blacks refuse to talk about this. Blacks are just as
often the victim as the offender - almost SIXTY PERCENT of murder
victims in the US are black. Shouldn't they care about this? Where are
Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton to talk about this? Yet they are silent.
And it's not like this is any secret. This culture of violence, abuse of
women, and plain thuggery is paraded around daily in pop music. It's
glorified on TV shows like "The Wire…
"Government is just the name we give to the things we do together."
Well, no. This is a truly deceptive statement.
Because look here, there are many, many human institutions where people get together to do things.
Churches. Clubs. Corporations. Non-profits. Families.
And these all have their own unique characteristics.
If government was simply a variety of these, or vice-versa, why would we bother to have a unique word for it?
If government were *merely* a charity, wouldn't we just call it a charity?
What is it about government then that makes it unique?
I'll tell you. It's the use of force. Government is the sole human institution that legitimately exercises physical force against others.
Churches don't commit violence. Corporations don't use physical coercion to get you to buy their products or to work for them. Families don't (shouldn't) do that.
BECAUSE government's essence is the use of force, government simply should not do many things, eve…