On Dallas and Domestic Terrorism
Let’s be honest about what this is: Terrorism. It’s not Al-Qaeda and it’s not ISIS. It’s homegrown. And it’s our failure. But should we be surprised? The process of police militarization has been well-documented. Military occupation tactics and terrorism are not really enemies; they’re good friends. Occupation and terrorism need each other to survive, they have a ‘para-symbiotic’ relationship with one another. They are both parasitic and symbiotic–they feed on each other. Glenn Reynolds drew my attention to Balko’s book, The Rise of the Warrior Cop. This has been brewing for a while. Remember the old TV show, Hill Street Blues, based on the Hill District here, where I write, in Pittsburgh? “Be careful out there,” and, “Come back alive,” kind of gives you the flavor of fear and despair which led to the warrior cop. But was it the cop’s fault? The Hill really was dangerous, alien, and frightening. So was it the Hill’s fault? That had once been a vibrant, prosperous, faith-filled aspirational neighborhood. What happened? Urban renewal happened. The city wanted to build a Civic Arena (which they called a New Acropolis of culture) which they planned to put in Highland Park. RK Mellon called the mayor and said that he didn’t want hoi polloi tramping through his neighborhood, and so the city condemned and took, by eminent domain, one of America’s most vibrant black neighborhoods. Tore it down, shuttled its residents to the socially isolated welfare-state theme parks known as public housing. Tore a community to shreds. It never recovered.
A long chain of hubris has led us to where we are now. Lots of guilty parties. Lots of people playing God, and failing.
Jesus understands this sort of thing. He grew up under an occupying army which was hated (and often hunted) by the local population. In fact, go and reread the Sermon on the Mount with new eyes, read it as a manifesto for oppressed (increasingly violent) people under occupation, and you’ll see just how very much Jesus has to teach us today.
Jerry Bowyer is a Forbes contributor, contributing editor of AffluentInvestor.com, and Senior Fellow in Business Economics at The Center for Cultural Leadership.
Jerry has compiled an impressive record as a leading thinker in finance and economics. He worked as an auditor and a tax consultant with Arthur Anderson, as Vice President of the Beechwood Company which is the family office associated with Federated Investors, and has consulted in various privatization efforts for Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. He founded the influential economic think tank, the Allegheny Institute, and has lectured extensively at universities, businesses and civic groups.
Jerry has been a member of three investment committees, among which is Benchmark Financial, Pittsburgh’s largest financial services firm. Jerry had been a regular commentator on Fox Business News and Fox News. He was formerly a CNBC Contributor, has guest-hosted “The Kudlow Report”, and has written for CNBC.com, National Review Online, and The Wall Street Journal, as well as many other publications. He is the author of The Bush Boom and more recently The Free Market Capitalist’s Survival Guide, published by HarperCollins. Jerry is the President of Bowyer Research.
Jerry consulted extensively with the Bush White House on matters pertaining to the recent economic crisis. He has been quoted in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes Magazine, The International Herald Tribune and various local newspapers. He has been a contributing editor of National Review Online, The New York Sun and Townhall Magazine. Jerry has hosted daily radio and TV programs and was one of the founding members of WQED’s On-Q Friday Roundtable. He has guest-hosted the Bill Bennett radio program as well as radio programs in Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles.
Jerry is the former host of WorldView, a nationally syndicated Sunday-morning political talk show created on the model of Meet The Press. On WorldView, Jerry interviewed distinguished guests including the Vice President, Treasury Secretary, HUD Secretary, former Secretary of Sate Condoleezza Rice, former Presidential Advisor Carl Rove, former Attorney General Edwin Meese and publisher Steve Forbes.
Jerry has taught social ethics at Ottawa Theological Hall, public policy at Saint Vincent’s College, and guest lectured at Carnegie Mellon’s graduate Heinz School of Public Policy. In 1997 Jerry gave the commencement address at his alma mater, Robert Morris University. He was the youngest speaker in the history of the school, and the school received more requests for transcripts of Jerry’s speech than at any other time in its 120-year history.
Jerry lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, Susan, and the youngest three of their seven children.