David Pakman is obviously concerned that “abolish the police” rhetoric is going to scare the hell out of suburban swing voters and undermine Biden’s electoral chances. I would agree with that if I gave a shit about Biden’s electoral chances. Predictably, the policing system that David is advocating is more or less what they have in some Scandinavian countries like Norway (i.e. police as professional class social workers). However, he is correct that the defund the police movement is going to not only be co-opted by progressive welfare-statists (which David favors) but also by “conservatives” (plutocrats) who would simply replace the conventional police with Blackwater-like mercenaries as “private police” (which is more or less the system they have Latin America).
–As “abolish the police,” “defund the police,” and other similar slogans quickly spread, we explore whether this is the right approach to fix the problems with our police departments