On the Phalanx in History
Only a few were sent to study with anyone
from Seth Abramson: The Brooklyn Rail: Four
If you were a politically conscious American in the late 1980s, you'll remember the moment the American Left "lost" the argument over criminal justice policy. All it took was George H.W. Bush greenlighting his campaign team's use of Willie Horton, a black convict from Massachusetts, to scare Americans into concluding, once and for all, that Democrats were "soft on crime." Democrats, for their part, seemed only too happy to concede the point, if only because they'd been losing votes over criminal justice issues for so long that any excuse to drop them from the party platform was little less than a godsend.
from Seth Abramson: The Huffington Post: Zimmerman Case Proves That the Left Was Right on Crime