Sunday, February 8, 2009

Common Gulags

Leftie websites like Common Dreams tend (rightly) to be critical of both police brutality and the growing prison population in the US. This is indeed a problem everyone should be concerned about: throwing people who have committed victimless “crimes” into prisons for most of their lives (“rape cages,” as Anthony Gregory and others on LRC correctly call them) is a monstrous, sick, and inhumane way of running a supposedly free society.

What the Common Dreams lefties never really seem to get is that they’re part of the problem.

Let’s take Ralph Nader, whose worthless godawful commentary sometimes shows up on the front page of Common Dreams (in the same way that flaming bags of shit sometimes show up at the front door, or dead bodies sometimes wash up on the seashore). Nader has rightfully scorned the way the war on drugs is being run and the excessive prison population it has created. Sounds good, right?

Well, except that Nader would create about a zillion other victimless crimes and then throw people in prison for those instead. As Bill Anderson explained, Nader is a fascist totalitarian whose oppressive nanny state would consist of nothing but throwing people in prison for victimless crimes.

Lefties love taxes. But where do they think tax evaders go? The answer: prison. Just ask Peter Schiff’s dad, who declined his “patriotic duty” to pay the state’s ransom. How many lefties do you see condemning his imprisonment? Ask one and prepare to hear crickets chirping. When a left-anarchist advocates “universal health care,” remind him that he is really advocating more prisons, along with a vicious assault on human rights.

Lefties love laws against smoking, trans fats, discrimination, hate speech, firearms, inequality, Wal-Mart, and everything else they don't like. They love regulatory agencies. It has apparently never occurred to them that all of these coercive schemes are ultimately enforced by armed, jack-booted thugs and backed by the barbaric US prison system.

So if police brutality and bloated prison populations are what lefties oppose, then they sure do a bad job of it.


anarcho-mercantilist said...

Thanks for the great post!

Cork said...

No prob, glad you enjoyed it. I'm surprised I didn't write it earlier (these thought have been brewing in my head for some time..)

anarcho-mercantilist said...

"these thought have been brewing in my head for some time"

I never knew that. I had thought that you still held these views that you support the Green Party, in an earlier post.

Cork said...

I praised their strong anti-war, anti-nuclear, and pro-impeachment stances, and said they were perhaps the least evil party to vote for (and better than the LP). I only meant that as a possible "protest" vote against the Bush regime, since they have no chance of gaining power.

Would I want them to run the economy? Hell no, it would look like Soviet Russia.