23 June 2015

US prison escapees should be celebrated

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A Center for a Stateless Society writer argues that US prison inmates who escape should be a cause for celebration.


Positing the question on June 18th, Chad Nelson answered, "if you have even a shred of humanity, the answer is yes."

Explaining that the US justice system incarcerates far too many citizens for no adequate reason, the analyst explained that he is not necessarily defending the deeds of convicts, offering up the following nuanced commentary:
The simple-minded media would have you believe that not wanting a criminal caged must mean you endorse the act that landed them there in the first place. This is the type of lazy non-sequitur the American political class and all who support them counter with any time an issue is too difficult for them to grapple with. Folks, we are capable of walking and chewing gum at the same time. We can separate bad criminal acts from the societal response of imprisonment as two different acts, each worthy of judgment. Like Eugene Debs said, “While there is a lower class, I am in it, while there is a criminal element, I am of it, and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.” Rooting for the torture of another human being, no matter what bad act they’ve committed, is no side to take for anyone with an ounce of compassion.

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