Who Is Winning The Losing War Against Crime?

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In, “Who is Winning the Losing War against Crime?” Jeffrey Reiman, a philosopher out of Washington, D.C., expands on a different viewpoint in which to look at Marx’s political theory. Rather than the typical way to viewing it by addressing how it would affect our economic system, he turns it around to focus on it could be used to evaluate current social problems, particularly crime. Reiman’s belief was that we as people are not seeing the real story of crime due to these false ideologies floating around, same as Marx’s belief that the pursuit of happiness contained an ideology that favored the result of capitalism, which he saw as very deteriorating. In this reading, Reiman’s main argument is to adjust our view on crime. Instead of believing there is a direct correlation between crime and human nature, which is fed to the public by researchers, Reiman puts forth an effort to make us see the criminal system as unjust and corrupt in a way. “For example, a number of researchers approach criminal behavior by exploring the role that human nature plays in criminal activity. Reiman attempts to reframe and recast the problem. The unjust and inept criminal system is not, he argues, the result of failure to recognize the contribution human nature makes to criminal behavior. The real truth, he contends, is that powerful groups in society have a vested interest in perpetuating an inept, unjust criminal system. This is what Reiman calls the Pyrrhic defeat theory, the hypothesis that the
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