Some self-described socialist candidates running within the Democratic Party “advocate more extreme changes, such as abolishing the prison system,” the New York Times reports.
Sure enough, the Boston Chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America has a “Prison Abolition Working Group” that meets monthly. The national DSA Twitter account has tweeted “we need to abolish the prison system.” A resolution favoring the abolition of prisons reportedly passed last year at the DSA’s annual convention.
The Times report, which came in the form of a news article about increasing numbers of Democratic candidates embracing the socialist label, made me chuckle.
The chuckle wasn’t about the adverse political consequences this platform might have for the socialists. Those consequences will become clear once their opponents begin talking about the risks of violent rapists, murderers, wife beaters, and terrorists who now populate our prisons being unleashed on American cities. It would be an invitation to update attacks of the sort that were leveled back in the 1980s against Michael Dukakis for having furloughed Willie Horton.