Sunday, August 29, 2010

Indentured labor

Do you really believe that the US military is overseas fighting for our 'freedom'?

Freedom from what?

Truth be told, we are NOT free.

Born in bondage in a prison that we cannot see, we are slaves, every one of us. Why do I say that? It's actually quite simple to grasp.

If you have debt, you are an indentured laborer. Slavery was officially abolished, but it never went away, it simply evolved. Instead, we have seen the rise of a debt economy where people no longer work to feed themselves and their families, but to pay off debt. This is an economic system that has been engineered to keep the masses from acquiring wealth, by keeping them in peonage.

Debt, of course, is accumulated when paying for medical care, when purchasing a vehicle, buying a home. But also through the expense of college loans. Too many people are sold on the lie that a college education guarantees employment, and it is not the case. If the student is not studying law, medicine or engineering, employment prospects justifying the cost of tuition are few and far between. Instead of being a useful stepping-stone towards a fulfilling career, college is merely a way to accumulate astronomical amounts of debt that will take years to repay.

The social order has not changed. Once again, the paupers are serfs, toiling away incessantly, making loan and credit card payments. What has changed is that the serfs now believe that they have a fighting chance to climb the social ladder, but apart from the very lucky or the exceptionally gifted, this belief is a delusion. Few people succeed in the quest for wealth.

Everyday we are bombarded with invitations to buy a new cell phone, a new car, a new television set. Everyday, we are enticed with offers for new furniture, expensive wine and luxurious garments.

Economic growth is an illusion, because most of it is based on measuring consumer spending on useless garbage that we really don't need. Instead, what we end up doing is locking ourselves into debt servitude.

Pay off your debts, and live free.

What is the true measure of wealth? Wealth is measured not by how much money you have, but by how much money is owed to you.

Friday, August 27, 2010

What is the purpose of Prison? Is there a better way?

What is the purpose of prison? Why do we use it as a form of punishment? Isn't male rape the real punishment?

Tell me what you think.

The purpose of prison is:

a) A deterrent through example?
b) A way to keep society safe by locking up offenders?
c) An opportunity to rehabilitate convicts in preparation for reintegration in society?
d) A way to punish by causing pain an anguish?
e) To provide jobs for people with no skills beyond being an asshole? (according to Ginx)
f) To lock up political dissidents to shut them up? (Such as liberal atheist bloggers)
g) To provide slave labor for the State?
h) To provide a steady supply of organ donors and medical test subjects for undead Republicans?

I propose the following reforms

1- Prison is to be used mostly for violent offenders or for offenders that pose a threat to national security or to property, including, but not limited to : murder, rape, assault, robbery, burglary, theft, arson, terrorism, treason, sedition, espionage, desertion from the military in times of war (you should have thought about it before you signed your life away on that dotted line), incest and other such crap not tolerated in civilized society.
2- Fines, payment of restitution and indentured labor shall be used for all other offenses where offenders pose a low risk to people or property.

In many cases, criminal behavior is a symptom of mental illness, and if quacks such as psychoanalysts and neuro-psychiatrists can help 'cure' the illness, well maybe the offender should be allowed to reintegrate society, (after paying fines and restitution, of course).

If the non-violent criminal behavior is the result of economic despair, well perhaps job training would be a more effective use of public funds that investment in larger prisons. Everyone hates to pay the local school tax, but if it keeps the kids from breaking into your home for crack money, maybe it's worth it to invest in public education. (Go ahead libertarians, assault me with insults, it's your first amendment right)

But in any case, as explained in the book Freakonomics, the best way to reduce crime is not to improve the economy or have more police, or more prisons, or longer sentences, or more laws, or fewer guns, no! The best way to reduce crime is to reduce the number of criminals... that means USE BIRTH CONTROL if you can't afford your grocery bill, and get an abortion if you f*cked up. We don't want your stupid kids stealing our chrome rims fourteen years from now.

Reducing the birth rate will have the following impacts on society:

1. Reduction in welfare costs (fewer mouths for Uncle Sam to feed)
2. Reduction in this generation's crime rate. (fewer deadbeat parents to rob the local McDonalds for infant formula money)
3. Reduction in school taxes (fewer local kids to send to school 6 to 18 years from now).
4. Reduction in the next generation's crime rate (fewer crack-head teenagers to mug you on the train sixteen years from now).
5. Aging of the population.
6. Reduction in Social Security and Medicare benefits (fewer people paying into it)
7. Increase in automation and robotic replacements for fewer human workers
8. Increase in the power of the technocracy over mere mortals (those building and fixing robots will rule the world) (it's not a robot uprising we have to worry about, it's the rise of the robot makers! (until we have robots making robots, at least))
9. Reduction in soil salinization and erosion (lower need for farmland)
10. Restoration of fisheries (lower need in seafood, and reduced ocean dead zones thanks to less farm runoff)
11. Reforestation (lower need in construction timber)
12. Reduction in global climate change (reduced need for fossil fuel).
13. Increase in longevity (as a result of heavier investment in medicine and biotechnologies to reduce the death rate (to offset the decrease in the birthrate))
14. Increase of the retirement age (as people live longer because of medical advances, they can work longer, remain a consumer longer, remain a tax payer longer.)
15. Increase in unemployment caused by too many robots stealing jobs from people.
16. Increase in poverty and the crime rate.
17. Extermination of mankind by the robots.
18. No more crime, ***problem solved***. All hail Skynet.