[Marxism] Prison guards (was: Police unions etc.)
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Fri Aug 3 04:33:20 MDT 2007
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Subject: [Marxism] Prison guards (was: Police unions etc.)
> However, we do need police to nab those who run red
> lights or drive drunk, for example. And there *are* sociopaths who
> commit crimes and should be in prison. So, of the inmates in bourgeois
> prisons, a significant percentage *should* in fact be there (and would
> need to be guarded).
> The above is uncomfortably close to a reactionary analysis of crime and
> punishment in a bourgeois society. The overwhelming demographic
> incarcerated in
> prison are the underclass, which in the US is disproportionately made up
> ethnic minorities. Most are in prison as a result of crimes motivated by
> poverty, alienation, disaffection, etc. Crime under such circumstances
> should be
> viewed as an act of 'unconscious' rebellion against the system. Of course,
> violent offenders, those who prey on the weak and the vulnerable in
> society, must
> be isolated while they pose a danger to society. However, acts of
> a propensity to commit acts of violence, do not arise out of thin air.
> are a result of material causes. Therefore it is the system responsible
> violent crime, and crime in general, that we must hold to account, not
> who are victims of the system. Furthermore, capitalist prisons are not
> to make social problems disappear, they are designed to make human beings
> disappear. They are not concerned with rehabilitation but with
> They reflect the violence of the economic system responsible for their
> existence. That the American penal system is the harshest and most brutal
> in the
> industrialised world reflects the fact that America society is the
> harshest and
> most brutal.
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