In the “abolish the police” thread, someone linked to a New York Times article: “Yes, We Mean Literally Abolish the Police.” I didn’t want to hijack the thread so started a separate one to focus on one quote from it: (post has been edited for brevity)
I don’t mean this thread to be about abolishing the police, but rather, about criminology. (I am not a criminologist by any stretch, so I defer to any Dopers who are or do have education/knowledge in that regard.)
There seems to be this strain of thought, particularly among progressives, that crimes arise because of poverty or ignorance or lack of education or some form of circumstantial handicap. And I don’t dispute that that is the case for many if not most crimes. But ISTM that there are some criminals, too, who simply are born with a bent towards crime, and/or simply cannot be reasoned or educated out of their sociopathic/psychopathic behavior.
In other words, people like that NYT author could lecture such psychopaths/sociopaths all day long about “we need to have a society based off of cooperation and mutual aid” and it would fall on totally deaf ears. Some people simply have no interest in playing by the rules. What is a “society based off of mutual aid and cooperation” supposed to do about those who willfully refuse to cooperate, and indeed, actively seek to kill because that’s what they want to do?