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  •  Make the connection. (25+ / 0-)

    The so-called war on drugs has proven to be a failure, locking up thousands of people on scurrilous marijuana charges. Our society recognizes the futility of these lockups and yet, despite strong, organized movements to end them, they continue. Why? The answer is in this diary- the necessity to maintain he human conveyer belt into for-profit prisons.

    •  It's not just private prisons. (3+ / 0-)

      We've been doing this long before private prisons; state prisons have long been a labor source in the U.S.

      But it goes deeper. Concepts of "crime" and "punishment" help reinforce and sustain our myths about 1) a safe society (we must be safer if we're locking all these people up); 2) class and ethnic divisions (if people of color communities are targeted disproportionately by police, it must be because they are natural criminals); and 3) creating and maintaining a large population of people on the brink of social/economic collapse as a tool of both social control and cheap labor (through low wages or prison).

      This is our system. It's the post-civil war system, it's Nixon's sytem, it's Clinton's, and it's Obama's. We will never have a president who speaks to these issues truthfully, because they recognize how fundamental these myths are to our social order.

      Never be deceived that the rich will permit you to vote away their wealth. - Lucy Parsons

      by cruz on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 06:06:00 AM PDT

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