In order for Bruce Wayne to fund his high-tech covert military campaign against the criminals of Gotham, he must secretly siphon off vast sums of money from Wayne Industries…one must wonder whether it might not be much more effective if he took that money and spent it on developing a strong educational system within the city, setting up training programs for the unemployed, and helping small businesses develop… A city without the infrastructure to provide good education and work opportunities simply feeds Joker’s evil schemes by sustaining the conditions that lead to a large underclass unable to find representation in the city. Batman’s archvillains would have a difficult time carrying out their crimes if they did not have an unlimited number of poor and desperate people to prey upon, people who turn to crime in order to survive and find identity. If Batman spent his time and money supporting a life-giving infrastructure, the crime wave in Gotham might be broken.

Peter Rollins (via azspot)

This is what I’m SAYING. Ok you rounded up a few criminals with your batarang. What are you doing about institutional inequality that fosters crime, BRUCE.

(via urbanafrofuturism)

Wow, I never thought about that.

(via janedoe225)

Why I Hate Batman Openly Stated Reason #80million


(via poopeatoe)

reminds me of what my crime narratives professor said about Sherlock Holmes/the specific detective story genre Doyle spawned — how it presents crime as an individual phenomenon, one where the blame always rests solely on the criminal, instead of taking a wider view (some later detective/crime stories/novels resist or complicate this — for example dashell hammett’s red harvest, in which everyone refers to “personville” as poisonville — subtle, right? that’s a detective story but also a gangster story and a lot of gangster stories implicated broader society for setting the rules that gangsters [often immigrants or from relatively recent immigrant families of origins looked down upon at the time, like say Italians] had to break because they weren’t allowed into the more law-abiding avenues to success. one interesting example of this we talked about was the great gatsby read as a gangster novel — gatsby is after all a criminal, a bootlegger, an american but through no initial fault of his own the wrong kind of American to be granted access to the things he wanted which those around him took as their birthright.)

uh. anyway. I love batman but this is totes true.

(via isabelthespy)

Interesting criticism of Batman (and Sherlock Holmes, Gatsby in the comments) from an angle I hadn’t yet considered – the portrayal of individualized crime and structural inequality.

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