I'm a few years late to this page, but the arguments against the author's argument were predictable and not really relevant. You can't reasonably argue that what he says is not true. If the cost of theft or vandalism makes it impossible for a business to make a profit, then many of those business owners will not be able to succeed, and will continue to live in poverty or be driven back into poverty. Whether poverty causes crime is another issue, and this short column doesn't deny that, although it seems to doubt the effectiveness of the remedies that have been tried. But as to whether crime causes poverty, the examples from all over the world are so numerous and overwhelming that you can only argue against it if you don't know anything about it.

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