Tag Archives: prison system

Legalizing Tyranny by Chris Hedges

The law as an instrument of morality at the state and federal levels has been deformed into an instrument of racialized social control.

Project Censored | The Top Censored Stories of 2015-2016

#1 U.S. empire and military madness

Chris Hedges | How Power Works

The avalanche of government lies permeates the narrative—not a surprise to anyone who has reported on the inner workings of power…

Chris Hedges | The New Slave Revolt

These striking prisoners are far more effective, and far more threatening to the corporate state, than the outside multitudes entranced and manipulated by the Donald Trump andHillary Clinton Goon Show.

▶ DN! | “Mr. Smith Goes to Prison”: After Year in Jail, Former State Senator Condemns Mass Incarceration

[Smith] chronicles his experience in his new book, “Mr. Smith Goes to Prison: What My Year Behind Bars Taught Me About America’s Prison Crisis,” which he calls “a scathing indictment of a system that teaches prisoners to be better criminals instead of better citizens.”

Chris Hedges: America’s Slave Empire

Without us the prisons, which are slave empires, cannot function. Prisons, at the same time, charge us a variety of fees, such as for our identification cards or wrist bracelets, and [impose] numerous fines, especially for possession of contraband. They charge us high phone and commissary prices. Prisons each year are taking larger and larger sums of money from the inmates and their families. The state gets from us millions of dollars in free labor and then imposes fees and fines. You have brothers that work in kitchens 12 to 15 hours a day and have done this for years and have never been paid.”

David Swanson: The No More War Movement

Swanson: Baltimore City Schools spends $5,336 per student, while Maryland spends $38,383 per prisoner, and every man, woman, and child in Maryland and in the rest of the United States on average each, EACH spends $4,063 per year on the U.S. military — except those who refuse to pay. That the prisons and military do harm, rather than good, compounds the damage.

Can the Left and Right Unite to End Corporate Rule? An Interview with Ralph Nader and Daniel McCarthy

From the article: Each side, the left and the right, is willing to let its own unfaithful allies get away with murder.

Kathy Kelly: The Shift (Notes from Lexington Federal Prison)

Kathy: Our society barely recognizes the futility of imprisoning people for onerously long sentences. I think of Mukherjee and wonder whether U.S. people invested as much money in cancer research as they did in Super Bowl celebrations this year.

Chris Hedges: A Society of Captives

Corporations have captured every major institution, including the judicial, legislative and executive branches of government, and deformed them to exclusively serve the demands of the market.    By Chris Hedges  truthdig.com  December 7, 2014  Protesters conduct a “die-in” Dec. 6 at Grand Central Station in New York City as police watch. The demonstration opposed a […]

Bill Quigley> 15 Things Neither Romney Nor Obama Is Brave Enough to Stand For

15 Things Neither Romney Nor Obama Is Brave Enough to Stand For Despite big differences, there are issues that neither candidate is brave enough to tackle. By Bill Quigley  October 26, 2012  AlterNet   A photo shows one of two war crime courtrooms at Camp Justice at the US Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on October 17. Thousands […]