Most Americans say crime has gotten worse over the past decade. They're wrong. Moreover, the focus on mass shootings appears misplaced when mass-shooting deaths make up less than one percent of all homicide deaths.
Any profitable inquiry into the character of the American State must therefore take into account the distinction between making a living by production and gaining a living by predation; that is, between economics and politics.
When it comes to Baltimore being a haven of appalling violent crime, Trump's not wrong. Although it has strict gun control laws, Baltimore's homicide rate is comparable to that of El Salvador and Venezuela.
Recycling isn't free. It requires the use of time and resources, many of which end up wasted. But politicians keep insisting that recycling is always a win-win, even though we have many examples to the contrary.