They Hate Us For Our Prisons

Tyler Durden's picture

There was a time when US schoolchildren, a few short years before they were loaded up with $60,000 a year in unrepayable federal debt (used mostly to purchase various iTrinkets) to pay for community college, were taught that all those people outside the continental US hate its residents "for our freedoms." It must then come as quite a shock for all these kids to learn that what they really meant is that "they hate us for our prisons."

From Max Raskin, Bloomberg:

The U.S. has the world’s highest incarceration rate, with Department of Justice data showing more than 2.2 million people are behind bars, equal to a city the size of Houston.


The CHART OF THE DAY shows that, with a rate of 730 people per 100,000, the U.S. jails a higher proportion of its citizens than any other country, according to data from the International Centre for Prison Studies, an independent research center associated with England’s University of Essex.


“The model is, if you build it they will come,” said Daniel D’Amico, a professor of economics at Loyola University New Orleans. “Because we have all these prisons and all of these other resources funneled into our criminal justice system, we have this ability to enforce things that would otherwise be unenforceable.”


“That includes the drug war, but it’s also including everything from the Martha Stewart types to immigration policies,” D’Amico said. “The scope of things that are now criminal in corporate law is exponentially higher than it was merely twenty years ago.”

Well, how about no longer "building it" then? But for that to happen two things would need to change: either a member of the ruling Wall Street financial oligarchy would finally have to be thrown in maximum "pound me in the ass" security prison (to quote Matt Taibbi), something which as has been patently demonstrated, can never happen in the US; or, prisons are no longer the equivalent of a fully inclusive, taxpayer funded room and board vacation, where a certain subsegment of society can rest indefinitely for the most meaningless of transgressions.

Since neither of these two events will occur, it is probably safe to replace the the bald eagle on the Great Seal with a photo of Alcatraz and be done with it.

h/t Carl

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Inthemix96's picture


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bunnyswanson's picture


"You could have to pay a fine for simply clicking on the wrong link.

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The TPP's Internet trap is secretive, extreme, and it could criminalize your daily use of the Internet. We deserve to know what will be blocked, what we and our families will be fined for.

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BlackVoid's picture

Land of the free. LOL.

Well, actually people hate the US of A because of the constant wars. And the false propaganda that goes along with it.

Incubus's picture



they hate us for our freedom to shop at our choice of 3 different walmarts within 10 miles and fastfood and wrestling/nfl and piss water beer.

Fix It Again Timmy's picture

Many years ago when young and dumb, a friend of mind along with a buddy got sent up for armed robbery.  While in Attica, he got a college degree and when he got out, he got a very good job with the state of NY.  Why get saddled with debt when you can rob a gas station, go to prison and go to school for free?

johnnylaw187's picture

Among other things that should be required in our curriculum...all school children should have to attend a Scared Straight program.


From Scared Straight '99:

"I'm gonna look after you kid.  Get you coffee, kid.  Cigarettes, kid.  Sandwiches, kid.  You say, "whoa this is a nice guy".  Then I'M GONNA PUSH UP ON YA!  I'm gonna show you the real deal!  What are ya gonna do?  I wanna meet your mother"  

And in the shower room they have 5 showers and they shower 50 guys at a time.  50 big, fat, greasy guys who just came in from the yard pumping iron.  And they look at ya funny.  You say, "I'm a man.  I stand at a urinal to piss.  Why are they lookin' at me like I'm a woman?" That's prison."  


FranSix's picture

When they legalize marijuana, they will throw the debtors in jail instead.

CrabGrassKila's picture

Ignorance is Bliss for so many of you..........

For the Po Po in Blue, and inmates, in Brown

Unless youv'e heard the echo of Steel and Concrete,

Please Stand, Down... 

As far as Legalizing, Join in on getting that Drive-itself Google-Beetle up and running , and maybe, just maybe part of it's DESTRUCTION, can be, Controlled.....

Hell on Earth, does exist.............

indio007's picture

Ticker symbol CCA  for the win!

Herdee's picture

Ya,the FEDS have been filling up prisons at all security levels with pot smokers and pot dealers.Trouble is,it's running up the deficit and making the United States less competitive because of high tax rates.Then there's the issue of privately run prisons for profit where politicians,local cops,judges and FBI Agents have shares in these facilities in order to make dividend income.Did I mention their pension funds being tied up in this form of corruption?Everyone around the world refers to the U.S. prison system as a "GULAG".Top it off with a war in afgan-land that's unwinnable.What's that got to do with it you say?Here's the answer,how can you win a war against a plant?Plus,you've even got a U.S. Government Agency(CIA)running drugs.Hillary Clinton shut up pretty quick after referring to that country as a "NARCO-State".She was told to shut-up for a reason.The better idea is for the Government to regulate weed in order to pay off the deficit and put the Mafia out of business.But politicians want to keep their buddies in organized crime funded.There's evidence to show that a fifth of the worlds economy is illegally controlled.

chinucklehead's picture

The fake drug war is not the only source of guests for Uncle Sam's prison state.

Check out Stephen Baskerville and for analysis of how the domestic violence industry, along with the divorce courts, are upping the ante by finding new and perhaps even more fraudulent reasons to imprison men without cause.