Wednesday, September 16, 2020

BLM: Investment policy positions

"A reallocation of funds at the federal, state and local level from policing and long-term safety strategies such as education, local restorative justice services, and employment programs."

This is already the goal of most systems simply due to cost-effectiveness. The reason is is not fully implemented is because:

  • Most criminals are adverse to education. Why would more education suddenly work when the first thirteen years didn't stick"
  • Restorative justice is the policy of having the criminal perform work in the community to restore the victim (and community) to wholeness. If you are white, you assume the criminal is the incarcerated person and the victim is, you know, the person the incarcerated person damaged. If you are a BLM person, the incarcerated person is the victim and "the system" is the oppressor. 
  • Most career criminals have "employment resistant personalities". They are not receptive to supervision. They blow-off days of work. They deliberately sabotage results. Not all of them, of course...but many of them.

"The retroactive decriminalization, immediate release and record expungement of all drug related offenses and prostitution, and reparations for the devastating impact of the “war on drugs” and criminalization of prostitution..."

In other words, to pay the formerly incarcerated the new minimum wage for every hour they were incarcerated. At $15/hr that is a $130,000 per year.

"Real, meaningful, and equitable universal health care that guarantees: proximity to nearby comprehensive health centers, culturally competent services for all people, specific services for queer, gender nonconforming, and trans people, full bodily autonomy, full reproductive services, mental health services, paid parental leave, and comprehensive quality child and elder care."
"...specific services for queer..." suggests that universal, single-payer healthcare is expected to foot the bill for gender re-assignment surgery.

Sticking "elder care" under "universal health care" makes assisted (not optional) suicide a concern.

"A constitutional right at the state and federal level to a fully-funded education which includes a clear articulation of the right to: a free education for all, special protections for queer and trans students, wrap around services, social workers, free health services (including reproductive body autonomy), a curriculum that acknowledges and addresses students’ material and cultural needs, physical activity and recreation, high quality food, free daycare, and freedom from unwarranted search, seizure or arrest."

Club Med! 

Here is the sister demand from the Reparations section:

"Reparations for the systemic denial of access to high quality educational opportunities in the form of full and free access for all Black people (including undocumented and currently and formerly incarcerated people) to lifetime education including: free access and open admissions to public community colleges and universities, technical education (technology, trade and agricultural), educational support programs, retroactive forgiveness of student loans, and support for lifetime learning programs."

What could be better than four, free years at Club Med? How about a LIFETIME! 

"A divestment from industrial multinational use of fossil fuels and investment in community- based sustainable energy solutions."

What is stopping them from doing that themselves? They can stop putting diesel in the buses and gas in the Buick and start walking. They can turn off the A/C and open the windows.

"A cut in military expenditures and a reallocation of those funds to invest in domestic infrastructure and community well-being."

The military has historically one of the best paths for "betterment" of economically disadvantaged groups. It has been since Roman times. The soldier learns self-discipline and has the opportunity to learn many marketable skills.

Even if this demand could be entertained, can they justify a NET increase in "well-being" by investing in domestic infrastructure? Given the BLM's propensity for burning domestic infrastructure, what kind of time horizon would they ammortize it over? By comparison, the boost due to military service can easily advantage three generations for their entire lives.


  1. I read the demands of BLM and I shake my head. Not because they are ludicrous or that there aren't real injustices perpetrated by society over time to blacks. I shake my head because BLM has an opportunity to make change happen. BLM is going to squander this opportunity with violence and silly demands that have no way of being fulfilled and no acknowledgment that things have to change in that community, along with societal change. Another year will pass and nothing meaningful will have come from all this chaos.

  2. Another year will pass except that more non-blacks will hate them. Which is what they want- to start their civil war.


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