I revisited (social scientists James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling’s 1982 article, “Broken Windows,” in the Atlantic) because I was trying to solve a mystery. On a recent reporting trip to New York City to ask bankers, policy analysts and real estate brokers about the city’s economic future, I kept hearing that crime was a major risk.
…When I probed, I found that they talked less about violent crime than disorder. Homeless encampments were flourishing, panhandling had become more aggressive, and minor crimes like public urination or open drug use were not just more visible, but making the papers.
The summer had brought looting and riots close to home as well. Moreover, many of them saw this as a result of the city’s deliberate decision to ignore the “quality of life” offenses that broken windows had emphasized.
During the past few days, President Biden has signaled flexibility on the size of a minimum-wage increase, skepticism about $50,000 in student-loan forgiveness and openness to negotiation on his immigration reform plan.
Progressive moans of protest have been muted but audible. Some young activists questioned Biden’s “courage.” Criticism from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) was less personal but still pointed: “Our job is to deliver for the American people. Period.”
It is that “period” that more moderate Democrats such as Sens. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) dispute. In essence, they are saying: Our job is to deliver for the American people in ways that don’t unduly frighten moderate voters, break the bank, undermine the economy or come back to bite us.
COOPERSTOWN – Craig Timberg, a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist for the Washington Post, will be speaking on “Russian Disinformation: Will it Happen Again?” at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, at the Village Meeting Room, sponsored by the Friends of the Village Library. The lecture is free.
Timberg, who lately has been reporting on Russian interference in the 2016 election, has been with the Washington Post since 1998 as reporter, editor and foreign correspondent. Drawing from his experiences as Africa correspondent he co-authored the book “Tinderbox: How the West Sparked the AIDS Epidemic and How the World Can Finally Overcome it.”
He is a son-in-law of Ed and Joan Badgley of Cooperstown.