Comment from: david meron Visitor
I live in the usa and have been in jail you are very wrong you sound russian or antiamerican. We hhave the most inmates because we have the besst law inforcment and investigation. Almost all the people I knowb who are in jail were aressted after the crrime with finger printing and cameras. We are definatley not in poverty here at all. I don't like are current goverment. We also have a much larger population then stalin in 41. Your post is opinion not fact sorry
No, no, David Meron; whatever you learnt in prison it certainly wasn't spelling! Paul Smith is right for both UK & US & I for one wish that Americans would do just as he recommends here! You need a Labor party. With the caveat that modern unions aren't always that much good; because they tend to cave in &be more for the interests of their own management, less so the workers!
But anyway - the US prison pop. way outstrips that of any dictatorship in the world to date! What are they going to do abt it when the time rlly comes to make cuts cos their balance of payments & credit is all shot to hell? Recent UK Guardian article (where I found this blog, referenced on the comments section, nice one!) trumpeted a "decades-long fall in crime rates.." due to ?? no-one's sure but pundits are punditing mixture of high incarceration rates combined with.. legalising abortion in the 70s??
Well: now they want to de-legalize abortion in the southern states & they've already made it harder to obtain overall; & their stupid..
..Tea Party does all it can to wreck what remains of the American economy and credit rating.. so how long will they be able to go on with this massive incarceration addiction?? For that is what it is.
And the person who made the comment on the 2011 Guardian crime article about there being a likely increase in the number of RANDOM crimes of violence, often involving families (or school/workplace shootings: various crimes of passion) often by middle-class people: this has most definitely and is going up: there have been plenty of recent examples. Repression will always burst out somewhere as the shrinks know! That commenter was right. & I say the bourgeois press shouldn't be too quick to "celebrate" "falls in violence" because it is just the calm before the storm.
Anyway, I'm a socialist, too, Paul (and a pagan! :) ). Nice article/blog: do feel free to look me up at the link onto Twitter.