15 April 2006

The Aristocracy of Prison Profits

Introduction - Dillon Read and the Aristocracy of Prison Profits: "What I found in Montana, however, was what I have found in every community in America. We are so financially entangled in the federal government and large corporations that we cannot see our complicity in everything we say we abhor. Our social networks are so interwoven with the institutional leadership – government officials, bankers, lawyers, professors, foundation heads, corporate executives, investors, fellow alumni – that we dare not hold our own families, friends, colleagues and neighbors accountable for our very real financial and operational complicity. While we hate the system in general, we keep honoring and supporting the people and institutions that are implementing the system when we interact with them in our day-to-day lives. And we enjoy the financial benefits and other perks that come from that intimate support.
Sitting in the rich dirt among the beautiful vegetables and flowers, I was facing the futility of trying to craft solutions without some basic consensus about the economic tapeworm that is killing us and all living things—while we blindly feed the worm. In a world of economic warfare, we have to see the strategy behind each play in the game. We have to see the economic tapeworm and how it works parasitically in our lives. A tapeworm injects chemicals into a host that causes the host to crave what is good for the tapeworm. In America, we despair over our deterioration, but we crave the next injection of chemicals from the tapeworm. "

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