The Failure of the State to Protect its Citizens

I have learned that Jordan Neely had numerous arrests (nearly four dozen), some for serious offenses, including felonies. He was twice accused of randomly assaulting elderly persons on the subway, the last time in November 2021 when he broke the nose and orbital bone of a 67-year-old woman as she exited the subway in the East Village. At the time of his death, there was a warrant out for his arrest in that case. In July 2018, he threatened the conductor and terrorized passengers on a train that had left the 207th Street station. He was convicted in 2015 for attempted kidnapping of a seven-year-old girl. He was seen dragging the girl down the street. He pled guilty of child endangerment and received four months in jail. In 2010, he threatened to kill his grandfather. There’s more, but you get the point.

Protesters chant at a vigil for Neely in New York City’s Broadway-Lafayette subway station, Wednesday.

How does a person like this wind up on a subway threatening passengers so that it required them to collectively restrain him? Shouldn’t public safety—and Neely’s safety—have required humane confinement? What kind of government not only doesn’t protect people like Neely, who was clearly unwell (sounds like paranoid schizophrenia), but also allows him to be a danger to others? From the sound of it, it was only a matter of time before Neely seriously injured or killed another human being. That he is no longer menacing residents across New York City is a fate city authorities left him to. His death is on their hands. Hopefully they won’t scapegoat the young marine who was one of the passengers restraining him.

Another question observers might have about his case, since it indicates a pattern, is why woke progressives find angels in dangerous criminals like George Floyd and Jordan Neely. Remember when murals of Floyd included angel wings and a halo? You may also remember that Floyd kidnapped and brutally beat a woman named Araceli Hernandez during a home invasion. He was looking for drugs and money. She was pregnant and Floyd shoved his gun in her belly and asked her if she wanted her baby to live. That was just one of the many criminal actions perpetrated by Floyd during his life. None of those facts are useful for the elite project to divide the proletariat.

Mural of George Floyd. One of many.

And that brings us to the answer to these question: the lionizing of street criminals and the failure of the state to control them is the work of left idealism, one of the central programs of the woke progressive operating system. Left idealism is a doctrine in a religion where black people serve as fetishes for white virtue signaling and for engendering the ritual ecstasy of social unrest. It’s energy the power elite channel towards corporate state ends. They used this energy in 2020 to fuel a color revolution organized by the deep state ran against Trump’s reelection bid. I will write more later about how Black Lives Matter, fueled early on by two fake media accounts, was organized as a major corporate state player in 2020.

There is also this: The drastic overrepresentation of blacks in the most serious street crimes in American cities, especially homicides and robberies where they commit a majority of these offenses, and statistics showing that whites are far more likely to be the victims of black offenders than blacks are victims of white-perpetrated violence, facts I have documented on Freedom and Reason several times, dramatically contradict the narrative that it’s whites who are violently oppressing blacks. These facts moreover reflect badly on blacks as a group, a situation that progressives are keenly sensitive to since it is progressives who move on the ground of group identity: if all whites are to be blamed for racism against blacks, then it follows that all blacks are to be blamed for the high crime rates associated with their demographic (not my view). One way to spin difficult facts is to aggressively flip them around. This is a tactic of big lying. So turn black criminal offenders into the saints of their race. It’s something blacks should on the whole resent, but Democrats, the party of the establishment, have been highly successful in controlling the race narrative. Part of their success at this is due to the cultivation of a black misleadership class, what the Black Panthers would recognize as colonial collaborators. Meanwhile, progressives look at blacks who tell the truth as Uncle Toms.

Published by

Andrew Austin

Andrew Austin is on the faculty of Democracy and Justice Studies and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin—Green Bay. He has published numerous articles, essays, and reviews in books, encyclopedia, journals, and newspapers.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.