Every so often I encounter people who want to discuss the state of affairs in the United States and in general. Usually there is at least a cursory understanding that many indicators point towards a downward trajectory but of course, how bad can it possibly be? Well, beyond the fact that we are falling behind key information age goalposts such as internet reach and poverty there is another…more pressing issue. Many people, specifically Arizonans know that tent city is criminal, but I think they don’t understand how bad it actually is. Anyhow, there is one issue I find myself talking a lot about with people. I haven’t yet found anyone who is into defending it either:
The amount of prisoners in the United States is now equal per capita to that of the height of Stalins Gulag Archipelago.
That’s right, we now are on par with the most oppressive criminal police state the world has ever seen. And before you say wait wait, those prisoners were all political prisoners so we aren’t really that bad, USA USA USA! I encourage you to read the Wiki page in regards to Stalins Gulags, or I can make it faster for you: The prisoners in the Soviet Union labor system were mostly petty criminals. But, might as well take it further and just declare that anyone in prison currently for a drug war related crime IS a political prisoner.
Don’t expect to hear anything about this from the Democrats or Republicans, when you vote for them remember that you are strengthening and supporting what will be studied later as the worst part of American history. The kind of moment where people look back and say, “how did we get there?”
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