Thomas Sowell har skrivit två bra artiklar om vänsterns irrationella syn på brottslighet. The Left and Crime:
Within living memory, Britain was one of the most law-abiding nations on the face of the earth. When Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew visited London right after World War II, he was so impressed with the honesty of the British and their respect for law and order that he returned home determined to make Singapore the same way.
Today it is Singapore that is one of the most law-abiding nations in the world while Britain’s crime rate has risen to the point where, for the first time, it now exceeds the crime rate in the United States.
What happened in the intervening years was the rise of the British left’s dogmas about crime to complete domination of the country’s legal system and its political and media elites.
Where the dominance of the left is greatest — in the media and in academia, for example — facts to the contrary are seldom heard.
The futility of imprisonment, for example, is a dogma on the left. It does no good to point out that crime rates in both Britain and the United States soared during the decade of the 1960s when poverty rates were going down — and imprisonment rates were also going down.
It does no good to point out that soaring crime rates in the United States began to turn down only after the declining rate of imprisonment was halted and reversed, leading to a rising prison population much deplored by liberals.