The Best Quotes From Mona Charen’s Do-Gooders: How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help (and the Rest of Us)

I’ve put together the best quotes from Mona Charen’s Do-Gooders: How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help (and the Rest of Us). Enjoy!

Between 1960 and 1999, the violent crime rate in the United States increased 226 percent. The murder rate increased 122 percent between 1963 and 1980; forcible rape increased 287 percent, robbery rose by 294 percent, and aggravated assault increased by 215 percent. Property crime ballooned as well, with burglary increasing 189 percent, larceny up 159 percent, and auto theft rising by 128 percent in the same period. This crime explosion coincided, as noted earlier, with a new leniency in punishment. While the number of violent crimes jumped from 1 million in 1960 to 2.9 million in 1970, the number of prison sentences meted out by the courts declined from 40,000 in 1960 to 37,000 in 1970. In other words, for every 100 serious crimes committed in 1960, 3.6 were punished by prison terms in 1960. By 1970, even that paltry figure had declined — to 1.3 prison terms per 100 crimes committed. — P.8

Moreover, he displayed the classic error of the liberal world view — the tendency to perceive criminals as sympathetic representatives of minority and poor communities rather than predators in those neighborhoods. — P.15

James Q. Wilson and George Keiling, in their famous 1982 Atlantic magazine article entitled “Broken Windows,” observed:

“If a window in a building is broken and left unrepaired, all the rest of the windows will soon be broken. One unrepaired broken window is a signal that no one cares, and so breaking more windows costs nothing….

The citizen who fears the ill-smelling drunk, the rowdy teenager, or the importunate beggar is not merely expressing his distaste for unseemly behavior; he is also giving voice to a bit of folk wisdom that happens to be a correct generalization — namely, that serious crime flourishes in areas in which disorderly behavior goes unchecked. The unchecked panhandler is, in effect, the first broken window.” — P.16

Progess in white attitudes toward African Americans was dramatic and profound in the post-civil rights era. Only 20 percent of whites told pollsters that black people “lived in their neighborhood” in 1964. By 1994, that number had jumped to 61 percent. Only 18 percent of whites in 1964 said they had black friends; and only 9 percent said they had “good friends” who were black. By 1989, 66 percent of whites claimed to have black friends, and by 1994, 73 percent said blacks were among their “good friends.” — P.20


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