The United States has the highest incarceration rates in the world. We’re a country that in some parts uses the test scores of third graders to figure out how many future prison beds we should be building.
So I guess that means if you’re not scoring high on test, you’re not going to get a job, since you live in America you have two choices: homelessness or crime.
Pull yourself up by your boot straps or we’ll lock you up.
In America that seems perfectly reasonable.
America is a perfectly reasonably barbaric country.
We beat our kids (and remind others who aren’t that they are bad parents.)
We imprison the poor.
The average American citizens in general seem to have a complete lack of empathy for their fellow human being and seem to get a great amount of joy in punishing and creating horrible ways to punish other people who live here.
And nothing makes an American more happy than their neighbor sufferering.
“Bill lost his job. Let’s celebrate his misfortune. He was an asshole anyway.”
What new laws can we create so that we send people away for their entire life?
Maybe we need a two strike law?
Maybe we can send 10 years olds to death row?
“You’re old enough to shoot a guy. You’re old enough to be murdered by our government, because the law says it’s OK. ”
Who cares if it was an accident? You’re poor and your third grade test scores weren’t that high, so why waste time with the niceties?
Unemployment is up. How can the American public help in making other people suffer? Maybe we can make people suffer somewhere else?
Maybe we need a good war?
Maybe in Pakistan?
Interesting conversation going on at the Economist.