when he broke his back a second time, Alfred gave an ultimatum: "either you quit, or I do." and there was no question: Bruce quit. he took time off to heal, and to study: not how to be a better fighter of criminals, but how to end crime at the root. surely the mind that devised all those marvelous toys could solve the problems of police corruption and inmate recidivism. and as he wrote checks and gave endorsements to candidates who supported community policing, school vouchers, adult literacy programs, and free school breakfasts, he thought: yes, I can build here.