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“Chicago likes to compare itself to other world cities, so Ward Room thought it would find out how we rank in violence. It turns out no one can top us. Among what are considered Alpha world cities, Chicago has the highest murder rate — higher even than the Third World metropolises of Mexico City and Sao Paolo.” – Edward McClelland at    [h/t]

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    • That’s because any organization, whether government or criminal, provides some amount of order. The situation in Chicago is chaos, anarchy.

      And now for the topic of the next post, how to tell the differences between organized crime and government organizations because they appear to be so similar.

  1. I live in an older house with an older air conditioner system. When it gets above 90 degrees, it struggles to keep up, so my roommate keeps turning the thermostat lower and lower. I have tried to explain that if the system can’t cool the house to 77 degrees in the middle of the day, it certainly won’t cool it to 74 or 73 or 72 degrees, no matter how many times she lowers it.

    If thugs ignore the gun laws on the books, adding additional gun laws aren’t going to help……..even my roommate agrees on this.

  2. The rest of Illinois should secede from Chicago. We could have a 51st state called The People’s Republic of Chicago. At least one could drive through the “illinois” and not be a felon…

    • Interestingly enough it seems like California has tried to do something similar 220 times already (break off the bottom half from the top half or two-thirds), at least according to the Christian Science Monitor.

    • Curzen: The author referred to them as Third World metropolises, but also as Alpha cities. From Wikipedia: : [An Alpha city] is a city generally considered to be an important node in the global economic system. If you change the word order, he referred to them as metropolises of the Third World, which is what they are. The city itself may be modern and vibrant, but vast swathes of the countries they’re located in exist at a third world level. In Sao Paulo, you don’t even have to leave the city to see it. They are Alpha cities in a wasteland, thus, Third World metropolises.

  3. i wonder if you break the murder numbers down in chicago. how many that were killed were involved in some drug or street crime as opposed to the truly innocent victim. i haven”t been to chicago since the 80’s but i remember it as being a cold hearted place. if you didn’t live on that street you stayed off it sort of foolishness.

  4. Chicago is following Detroit straight down the drain, the main difference being Detroit allows it’s residents to defend themselves at least.

    • Speaking of, Detroit may be leading the nation in civilian justifiable homicides. That would be an interesting topic of research.

      While any homicide is regrettable, there could be a silver lining to that cloud. I can’t help but wonder how long it takes for the violent crime rate to plummet. I have heard that a relatively small percentage of our population are criminals who repeat crimes over and over. If armed citizens begin killing them off faster than new ones are created, it will have to lower the violent crime rate.

  5. Hey, Ed, it’s São Paulo. Unless there’s some other city out there with that weird, other spelling.

    Anyway, Chicago and DC are shining examples of the wonders of gun control. Of course, gun control advocates will always say that if not for gun control, things would be even worse.

    • CarlosT: Hey, Ed, it’s São Paulo.

      And assault rifle and assault weapon, and clip and magazine are interchangeable terms. Despite what you may have read in another thread about a Journalistic Code of Ethics, there’s no obligation to get the details right, even the important ones.

  6. Puerto Rico has Chicago beat, at least for now. It’s murder rate is twenty-two per hundred thousand. And its gun control? Exactly what control advocates demand.

  7. Chicago is a third-world city. I’d argue that, right behind Detroit, Chicago is the nicest city in Africa.


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