'Live as brothers or perish as fools'

Thursday, December 06, 2018

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Dear Editor,

Much has been said about fighting crime in Jamaica, but whatever strategy the Government employs, the situation will reach Nash equilibrium — a stable state of a system involving the interaction of different participants in which no participant can gain by a unilateral change of strategy if the strategies of the others remain unchanged. This means it will work for about two years but the criminals will adapt. It is mathematical.

The Government is a finite player trying to decrease crime for political gain, while the criminal are infinite players playing to continue their way of life. Whenever a finite player goes up against an infinite player the finite player eventually loses like the United states (finite player) and Vietnam (infinite player).

The present situation in Jamaica leaves the poor to struggle to survive. Many take to crime because the education system seems difficult, uncertain and irrelevant.

No successful democratic country can thrive without a welfare system. US, Europe, India all have robust welfare systems ; without it their crime problems would be far worst than Jamaica.

Social protection (welfare) is only a bridge to creating a just society. Schools that have students from low socio-economic states need excess funding and programmes. How could Jamaica be asking for reparation when it treats certain of its own citizens like they have little value?

Finally, the ideology of taking care of each other to make a better self must be adopted. Martin Luther King Jr said, “Live as brothers or perish as fools.” Tackling crime in isolation is futile.

Brian Ellis Plummer

brianplummer@yahoo.com

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