Thursday, July 20, 2023

Law and Order Is Fundamental to Economic Heath

It is widely recognized that a culture of law and order are essential for economic development. (If not widely recognized, it ought to be.) A stable and predictable legal system, effective law enforcement, and a low level of crime are all factors that contribute to community health. These factors can help attract investment, promote entrepreneurship, and create a favorable business environment. 

On the other hand, a weak legal system, ineffective law enforcement, and high levels of crime can deter investment, discourage entrepreneurship, and undermine economic growth. 

For example, a weak legal system can make it difficult to enforce contracts, protect property rights, and resolve disputes. This can discourage businesses from investing in a community, as they may be worried about their assets being stolen or their contracts being broken. 

Ineffective law enforcement can make it difficult to catch criminals and bring them to justice. This can lead to a rise in crime, which can make people feel unsafe and discourage them from starting businesses or investing in their communities. It can make employees fearful of working after dark downtown.

High levels of crime can also make it difficult for retail businesses to operate. For example, businesses may have to spend more money on security, or they may have to close early in order to avoid being robbed. This can reduce profits and make it difficult for businesses to grow. 

Therefore, it can be argued that law and order are critical components of economic development. 

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How has it come about the in many places it seems like the attitude is "Economic Development Is Bad" and "Crime Is Good." I mean, why do so many cities stop arresting or prosecuting criminals? Why are so many police officers taking early retirement? How can a trouble maker be stopped 100 times in a single year and not ever go to jail. When he doesn't show up in court, he is allowed to say, "I intended to" but nothing happens. 

What's going on?

Some people believe that police have too much power because they are often armed and have the authority to use force. They argue that this power can be abused, and that police officers are often not held accountable for their actions. While these things may be true, others argue that police need to have a certain amount of power in order to do their jobs effectively. They point out that police officers often face dangerous situations, and that they need to be able to use force to protect themselves and the public.

There's no doubt that police have a great deal of power. It's important to remember, however, that this power is not absolute. Police officers are still subject to the law, and they can be held accountable for their actions.

No one wants a police state. There is, however, something to be said for a desire to feel safe on our streets and in our homes. 

More can be said, but this will serve as a start.

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