lots of people are still talking about all of the ridiculous measures the city of new york is taking to “combat” subway fare evasion and correctly pointing out that it makes absolutely zero fiscal sense to spends hundreds of thousands on strictly enforcing a $2 fare, and I feel like they’re so so close to making an important realization.
when the government chooses not to fund social programs which help people and instead decides to spend money on cops or security cameras or other ways to penalize and criminalize people, it’s very very intentional. these people aren’t stupid, they can do simple math and realize that they will never make the money back and will in fact lose much much more. but that’s because the goal is not to make money, it’s to create a quiet, obedient, fearful populace by introducing the threat of police violence as an every day part of life constantly looming over your head.
it’s an investment. the city of new york is investing in control.