A real-life three-panel comic strip…

“Chill Dawg,” liberal ESPN radio host Paul Gallant to President Donald Trump…


Whoops! My apartment building is torched by “peaceful protesters…”


New respect for the Second Amendment and angry at the “peaceful protesters…”


Bottom line…

Reminds me of the old Irving Kristol quip that defined a conservative as a liberal mugged by reality. Somewhat of a truism for all but professional victims.

But, in the hands of an academic…

From the Punishment & Society Journal, an international, interdisciplinary, peer reviewed journal that publishes the highest quality original research and scholarship dealing with punishment, penal institutions and penal control.

Is a conservative just a liberal who has been mugged?: Exploring the origins of punitive views


As in the adage that `a conservative is just a liberal who has been mugged', many presume that punitive public attitudes are derived from the direct experience of crime and victimization. People become `fed up' with criminality and seek to strike back at lawbreakers.

Social theories of punitiveness, on the other hand, typically portray punitiveness as a form of scapegoating in which offenders are just a stand-in population, masking more abstract anxieties.

This survey was designed to explore both of these hypotheses with a sample (N = 940) of the British public.

A multivariate analysis of survey responses finds that factors such as concerns about the economy and the state of `the youth today' account for a substantial proportion of the effect of actual crime concerns on punitiveness. Crime-related factors, such as victimization experiences or anxieties about crime, on the other hand, do not appear to be strong predictors of punitiveness in this sample.

King, A., & Maruna, S. (2009). Is a conservative just a liberal who has been mugged?: Exploring the origins of punitive views. Punishment & Society, 11(2), 147–169.

Ironically, the research was published on April Fool’s Day (April 1, 2009).

Pretty much why the academics and progressive socialist democrats tend to reverse the perpetrator and victim, providing excuses and plea bargains to gun-wielding miscreants while ignoring the damage done to victims and their families.

Orwell’s topsy-turvy world where black is white, wrong is right, up is down, and left is right.

We are so screwed.

-- steve

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"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

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