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  •  There are two parts. (0+ / 0-)

    I've only covered Part One.

    Valentin Katasonov -- D.Sc. (Economics), Economist and the chairman of the S.F. Sharapov Russian Economic Society; Deputy Director National Pollution Abatement Facility (NPAF), Moscow.

    A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five. -- Groucho Marx

    by Pluto on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 10:46:05 AM PST

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      ...was of particular interest:

      The initial justification for private prisons was to "save money for the taxpayers", yet there is a gross conflict of interest because these prisons will be unprofitable without government assistance in filling them with prisoners, which induces more laws to make ordinary behavior into a crime. Still worse, governments are now charging prisoners for the cost of imprisonment despite the fact that after release, most prisoners never find decent employment. Nobody wants to hire a known criminal.

      This situation is open for corruption because this makes government responsible for the profitability of private prison corporations. It reeks of injustice for governments to turn simple mistakes into serious crimes merely to fill the prisons with sufficient prisoners to make a profit. It turns towns and cities into "company towns" when corporations profit from every transgression, every fine and penalty, and every new law enacted for that purpose.

      Well that certainly explains why the US has by far more criminals per capita incarcerated that any other nation in the world.
      Can you imagine a gun manufacturer owning a prison and selling guns to criminals to help fill a quota of laboring inmates? Imagine a U.S. Attorney General arming Mexican drug cartels, paid for with US taxpayer dollars?
      Actually, I can imagine this.
      Secretary Clinton calls this "a public-private partnership". Most people call it "fascism", or "criminal", among other things.

      Could it be that public officials are getting covert rewards for their cooperation with this corruption-prone system?

      They get kickbacks and stock tips for all other legislation they support. Why would this be any different?

      Is that not how fascists make money, historically?

      A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five. -- Groucho Marx

      by Pluto on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 11:00:34 AM PST

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    •  your link is in Russian nt (1+ / 0-)
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      ¡Cállate o despertarás la izquierda! - protest sign in Spain

      by gjohnsit on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 01:50:57 PM PST

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