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[–] bagano1 1 points 95 points (+96|-1) ago 

It's all part of the legal system's plan to make everyone a criminal.

Wait until they make racial discrimination and trolling illegal. They've done it in other countries.

These people are demented.

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[–] ForgotMyName 0 points 83 points (+83|-0) ago 

These people are demented.

No, they're greedy. We have privatized prisons. Privatized red-light cameras. Loads of military gear being sold to police organizations. Big corporations are making tons off of the criminalization and incarceration of every day citizens for stupid garbage.

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[–] Easybee 0 points 24 points (+24|-0) ago 

Erosion of your right and of society itself!

... Brought to you by the unquestionable need for increased profits!

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[–] blackblarneystone 3 points 8 points (+11|-3) ago 

i wish Voat had gold. this would get you gold from me

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[–] ill_suck_your_cock 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

And to take it a step further - prisoners are legal slaves. It just seems economical that the people at the top would want as many people in the country incarcerated as possible - they will take up fewer resources and provide slave labor, while also generating income within the prison industry itself. It is a pretty decent setup they have here. Just make anything you feel threatened by illegal, throw those people in prison to reduce strain on resources and get slaves. The ones still free will be scared and should toe the line. If not, throw them in prison. Repeat.

Is it any wonder that public education has more in common with prison than any other kind of institution? Its purpose is to create inmates, not citizens.

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[–] bagano1 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Also, remember, they keep looking for ways to justify more funding. Come in under the budget, and they'll get less the next year. When you hear about the costs of that manhunt for those two NY prisoners being so high, you have to imagine they ran the bill up a lot for that.

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[–] flimflamedthezimzam 0 points 39 points (+39|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn spoke about the same exact thing that you're talking about now. The Soviet laws we're added to be intentionally vague. The idea being that if you made everyone technically guilty of something than you could just work the enforcement side to pick up whom ever you chose at any time and "find a reason". There wasn't anyone in the Gulags that hadn't been arrested for a crime, legally charged, put through trial, and convicted.
"Stalin realized, however, that one million prisoners were not enough to serve as a backbone for economic restructuring, so the infamous Article 58 of the Criminal Code came into being. Article 58 was broad and sweeping, its fourteen subsections designed to trap anyone into being labeled as having committed a crime against the state. Most of the subsections covered "intent," a rather vague condition."

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[–] the-rebel-sell 0 points 12 points (+12|-0) ago  (edited ago)

This is definitely the direction in which we are headed. The ideal situation for an authoritarian state would be to be able to charge and jail any "undesirable" citizen at any time, for any reason, through the application of laws vague enough and broad enough to entrap pretty much anyone.

Our new era of perpetual surveillance (of our phones, our computers, our online discussions, social media, and our public lives via increasing use of NSA/SIGINT observation, warrantless spying, GPS, drones and security cameras) will only make it easier for the state to gather sufficient evidence to charge people for any applicable "crimes," and continue to feed the for-profit prison-industrial complex.

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[–] puikoko 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Always glad to see someone post about his views and knowledge

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[–] SoloPoloVision 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Wait until they make racial discrimination and trolling illegal. They've done it in other countries.

Though said counties still have a much lower incarceration rate than the US...

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[–] illbrbwithmyflipflop 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

How afraid are those people of their government though? The government might be successfully conditioning people to do what they want and therefore they would not incarcerate those people

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[–] bagano1 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Sometimes, I think they're trying to catch up.

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[–] President-Sanders 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

These people are demented.

Very true, it could be Breivik syndrome (SJWism) or just a special type of stunted brain activity that makes them like this.