So, a couple of days ago I wrote a post reviewing an article about gangs that really annoyed me. That post has been gnawing away at me ever since. I think I let my frustration get the better of me which is unfortunate because I think it takes away from my central argument that:
1) Sullivan fundamentally misunderstands the gang problem (its causes,scope and relation to society)
2) His attempt to pigeon-hole gangs into his generations theory makes understanding gangs more complicated rather than less and provides no insight into developing anti-gang strategies or predicting gang activity
3) His arguments are repetitive and lazy
When I first started this blog I made a decision to limit re-writes, edits and deletions to the bare minimum and because of that I’m going to keep that post up as a lesson (to me) that I can and should make better arguments in the future.
I think I made a much better case in my earlier critique of another Sullivan article that addresses many of the same issues. So if you’d like a review with a little less heat I’d recommend that.