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Broken Windows Theory

Rudy Giuliani… He used to be the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.  He ran for Mayor of New York City and won.

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1994.

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When Giuliani was elected, New York City was a crime-infested killing ground. Someone was slain there an average of once every 12 hours. Gunfire erupted so frequently that cops didn’t even bother responding to the sound until they knew someone had been hit. People were fearful and couldn’t walk on the streets after dark. Worried moms put their babies to bed in bathtubs or made their older children sleep on the floor in case a stray bullet came whizzing through a window. Drug dealers were at every corner. Everybody thought it was an unwinnable battle. Crime rates were off the charts.

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Giuliani stepped in as mayor and everything changed. It was as if somebody waved a magic wand over the city. Crime rates began to drop dramatically. Violent crimes declined by more than 56 percent. Sharp drops in reported murder, robbery, felony assault, burglary, and auto theft created significant relief among NYC residents and made the city peaceful and livable again. His results were incredible.

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They asked Giuliani, “How did you do it?”

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He responded: “Think of a city like an empty building. If one of the windows of the building is broken, people will break the rest of the windows. If somebody dumps trash to a street corner, so will everyone else and eventually you will have a mountain of trash. I went after the first trash bag. I didn’t tolerate any crime regardless of its nature, petty or otherwise. Obviously murder and graffiti are two vastly different crimes. But they are part of the same continuum, and a climate that tolerates one is more likely to tolerate the other.”

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This is called the Broken Windows Theory.

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The theory was formed by James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling, based on a series of experiments conducted by Prof. Philip Zimbardo from Stanford University in 1969. Zimbardo’s experiment consisted of leaving two cars in two distinctly different neighborhoods, each with torn registration plates, hoods up and open doors. He placed cameras nearby to observe what would happen.

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The first neighborhood was in the Bronx: poor, dangerous, controversial and full of crime. The second car was placed in a very rich, well-educated and quiet neighborhood in Palo Alto, California.

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The car in the Bronx neighborhood began to be vandalized within ten minutes. After three days, there was nothing of value left on the car and from that time the car was totally destroyed.

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For a week, nothing happened to the vehicle in the affluent neighborhood of Palo Alto. Zimbardo decided to intervene. He took a hammer and struck some parts of the vehicle, including one of its windows. The car went from being in perfect condition to showing signs of abuse and neglect. And then, from the moment the car looked in disrepair, residents of Palo Alto vandalized the car at the same speed, just like the one in the Bronx neighborhood.

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This is the Broken Windows Theory that Giuliani was talking about.

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Lawlessness, Lack of authority, and Anarchy are contagious. They spread faster than an epidemic.

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Visible signs of crime, anarchic behavior, lack of enforcement and civil disorder create an urban environment that encourages further crime and disorder, including serious crimes. Unless it is stopped at the beginning, it spreads like a wild forest fire and eventually comes to where you live. There’s no safe place for anybody once criminal behavior becomes a pattern. You may think you are safe by living in gated communities, armored buildings with layers of protection, and neighborhood patrol units but to no avail. Crime and violence have no boundaries. It will penetrate through.

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If you don’t fix your window along the Mexican border, then your buildings will be destroyed in Seattle, Chicago, New York City… Everywhere… It’s inevitable.

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This is what the mainstream media doesn’t comprehend. They focus on the fictitious Russian connection to the last election but intentionally ignore the border crisis. They publish pages after pages with fabricated reasons to impeach the President but disregard the millions of illegal migrants penetrating our Country.

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This is what our incompetent politicians don’t get. They support illegals and call anybody who’s opposed to this lawlessness Nazis. They refuse to see these invaders as unauthorized, unconstitutional, unlawful, unwarranted, illegitimate, illicit, outlawed, prohibited, indictable, deplorable, unrighteous, prosecutable, wrongful, felonious, and criminal. They call them “undocumented aliens,” who are smuggled into the country and immediately feel entitled to government handouts. They justify their illegality.

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In a country, if a broken law is not fixed soon, then all other laws will end up being broken by everyone. The snowball effect of disregard, abuse, lawlessness, or injustice tends to grow rapidly when it is not repaired quickly. By intentionally refusing to fix the problem, we send a message to society: Impunity is allowed, we can burn it all down.

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Good luck enforcing any law from that point forward.

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Written by Alex Mann

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