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First they’d need to give a sh*t

Well, it was Ross Douthat’s turn to fill some space on the NYT opinion page again yesterday, telling a story about how it was Republican ‘tough on crime’ incarceration policies that brought down the late-20th century crime wave, and how it is now Republicans’ turn to reform the worst abuses of the judicial system. I have 2 criticisms of Douthat’s argument. First, he casually asserts causality on a complicated topic that academics spend careers analyzing – and he gets it badly wrong. Second, he seems either naive or willfully ignorant of the Republican Party’s demise into a state of total obstruction and pandering.

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