D-Squared Does Crime, Its Causes and Cures

D-Squared Does Crime, Its Causes and Cures

May 10, 2022
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location
Online event


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Sure to be a major issue in this year’s state and national elections, crime seems to be impinging more and more on our personal lives. Have you had any recent experiences as a victim of crime? How have your feelings about crime evolved during the recent past? We’ll talk about all kinds of crimes, with a special focus on violent crime. Our discussion will review many possible causes of the recent increase in violent crime, as well as the challenges of determining the causes of this aberrant human behavior. After considering the politics of crime, we will conclude by evaluating policy alternatives aimed at reducing crime.

D-Squared (Discussion and Debate) is a monthly gathering sponsored by HumanistsMN and hosted by Jerry Smith and Mark Thoson. Jerry will be moderating this month’s discussion.

As usual, we are assigning “homework” in the belief that preparation will help participants contribute to a thoughtful, informed discussion. Please try to read some or all of the following before the event:

Increase in Violent Crime:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/we-dont-know-why-violent-crime-is-up-but-we-know-theres-more-than-one-cause/2021/07/09/467dd25c-df9a-11eb-ae31-6b7c5c34f0d6_story.html
https://www.vox.com/22578430/murder-crime-2020-2021-covid-19-pandemic

Causes of Crime:
https://www.newyorker.com/culture/annals-of-inquiry/the-trouble-with-crime-statistics
https://www.heritage.org/crime-and-justice/report/the-real-root-causes-violent-crime-the-breakdown-marriage-family-and
https://www.city-journal.org/james-q-wilson-criminal-justice

Politics of Crime:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/04/13/brooklyn-subway-shooting-shows-flawed-politics-crime-gun-laws/?utm_campaign=wp_opinions_pm&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&wpisrc=nl_popns&carta-url=https%3A%2F%2Fs2.washingtonpost.com%2Fcar-ln-tr%2F3692825%2F6257251064253a7f342f3a72%2F596d4a689bbc0f067a71f881%2F8%2F57%2F6257251064253a7f342f3a72

What Should Be Done?
https://time.com/6138650/violent-crime-us-surging-what-to-do/

Assuredly there are many more articles and videos of relevance to our topic. So if you are aware of other online resources that would enlighten us, feel free to suggest them by posting links in the “Comments” section below.

This event is sponsored by HumanistsMN. If you are not yet a member, please consider joining to help us cover our costs and build the humanist movement. Not ready to join? Donations are gratefully accepted! Donate or join at [https://humanistsmn.org/.](https://humanistsmn.org/)

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