The advent of technology and advanced writing and reading has brought about a wonderful and sometimes demanding age were everything and everyone can be recorder. This allows for truth, in essence, to prevail over propagandists attempts made by sates or controlling factions. One is more likely to believe a video posted on twitter over a bystander who was actually there than some main stream media outlet, and such are the times that these same media outlets have resorted to using these same mediums in order to add validity to the “story”. Marvelous times indeed.
For some time I have wanted to include some information and insight into the prison system here in the United States. As we move forward as a nation and look at the future and take into consideration the aging and coming generations there are many concerns and questions that come to mind.
Is the race disparity in the prison system a symptom of a much more ingrained and debilitating sickness plaguing our nation ?
Why do we insist in keeping all the convicted in confined places and doing nothing for society, infrastructure or their own general well being?
Is the private ownership of prison’s the best alternative?
There are many complex and differentiating opinions and actions that all sorts of very smart and well qualified people will try and propose to “solve” the critical situation in Syria. Ranging from total U.S. invasion to complete departure from any sort of intervention.
Both options seem excessive and both options will undoubtedly cause greater loss of life. unfortunately it almost boils down to which is the lesser of two evils. Do we let a country destroy itself? Or do we as a capable sovereign nation intervene?
The technological advancements in the last 100 years far outpace and outmatch the advancement of the last 10,000. This is a fact. We now have ways to treat all sorts of disease from hepatitis C to easing the suffering of AIDS patients. The great news is that this is only getting better as we move more and more into the future. Greater advancements will mean more treatable diseases and longer lives and hopefully less suffering from humanity. The real problems will come with food and water shortages reach a real critical level, but that is a conversation for another post.
Do we ever really experience liberty anymore? We say we walk around free and unhinged from the burdens of oppression, but is that really true? Can we tell when we are in the midst of it and when it comes and slaps us in the face?
The truth is that oppression comes in all forms of faces. Some people are oppressed by the crushing debt they have dug themselves into whether voluntarily or not, and some people are oppressed by the ruling dictator in their country owing all sorts of taxable income and the fear of being ostracized and maybe even condemned by not following the parties agenda. The real tragedy is that both of those could lead to that person spending time in jail or homeless which could turn people to a life of crime. I could fall behind in my debt and continue to be fined and jailed for not paying a debt that was incurred lets say by a sick relative. Seems to me that this would be a better use of my tax dollars than gifting Iran millions of dollars to do quasi regulated and corrupt activities that we as a country will never truly be able to monitor in complete confidence. I digress.