Below was the only response worth sharing. The other responses were:
Insults + muh racism + muh state your sources.
Reason is totalitarianism of Communism, not economics.
Neither race nor economic system has anything to do with crime; instead, it’s all down to culture.
Robert is a fascinating blogger. Yeah, he gets hung up on observations of race and nationality but not in a racist way – he’s into sociology, linguistics and genetics.
Why would you think his premise is dishonest? It’s quantifiable, after all.
Capitalism generates crime, not because communist and socialist countries are totalitarian – that accounts for a small minority – and plenty of capitalist countries are totalitarian but because the entire mindset is conducive to consumption, and being poor and lower class in capitalism is much harder than in a socialist state.
When Richard Pryor went to visit Africa some of the locals asked him in disbelief:
“Is it true in America you get something to eat 24 hrs a day?”
Pryor responded “Yeah…if you have a gun .” Plus of course in capitalism the prevailing principle is every man for himself and grab as much as you can get away with as quick as you can. Seeing a big, big difference in lifestyle and access to the good things in life generates jealousy and resentment, making rationalizing crime much easier.
Also anger, hence the violence.
Socialism is cooperative; capitalism is competitive.
People are much more apt to shoplift if there’s no one around to help them. Capitalism encourages a sense of entitlement.
I didn’t answer the question in the post because I thought it was obvious, plus I wanted you guys to think about it a bit. I figured you would come up with it if you thought about it enough. No one really did though, so here you go. This is exactly along the lines of what I would have written.
As I said in the post, you can always say, “Well look, I want all this cool stuff, so I am willing to tolerate the crime. I might answer that way myself. I doubt if I would live much better under Communism.” Assuming I had access to more of this stuff, I too would tolerate the crime as long as I had access to the stuff. I just want more socialism mixed in with this capitalism here; I don’t want to overthrow capitalism. But as you can see in that post, the fanboys won’t even admit there is any downside whatsoever to their glorious capitalist system.
That’s another lousy thing about capitalism. In a capitalist country, people get so dazzled by all that stuff that they become Capitalist Fundamentalists with Capitalism as their religion and money as their object of worship, the altar they all kneel down and pray for. Your average American moron can see absolutely no downside to capitalism whatsoever.
Of course the disgusting media, run by millionaire ruling class capitalists, never implies there is anything wrong with their glorious system either. It’s the slippery slope argument. One whisper that there is anything wrong with capitalism, and the next thing you know, it’s revolution. It’s that lame paranoia that the rich are always susceptible to. The Commies are always just around the corner or hiding beneath the bed just waiting to steal all their money and especially their stuff. Even the rich act moronic in capitalism. There is something about capitalism that seems to turn so many people into blithering idiots. Maybe all that money and especially that stuff just dazzles them so much it shuts down their brains and they can’t think straight as if the money and stuff had hypnotized them or put them under some sort of spell.