The Crime Tax

Andrew Sullivan —  Aug 22 2012 @ 5:43pm

Taking issue with an article by Ginia Bellafante – and, more generally, the NYT editorial page – Heather Mac Donald frames New York's aggressive policing of housing projects in tax terms:

Violent crime is the most regressive of all taxes, since it falls heaviest on poor minorities, as University of California at Berkeley law professor Franklin Zimring observes in The City That Became Safe. New York’s data-driven, proactive style of policing is government’s most progressive social program, for its benefits accrue disproportionately to those same minorities.