Noam Chomsky on Crime
In the past 30 years, a new form of criminalization has been instituted, much of it in the context of the "drug wars," leading to a huge increase in incarceration, mostly targeting minorities. This provided a new supply of prison labor, much of it in violation of international labor conventions. Ever since the first slaves were brought to the colonies, life for African Americans has scarcely escaped the bonds of slavery.
A: Itís a crime. I agree with Amnesty International on that one, and indeed with most of the world. The state should have no right to take peopleís lives.
The result is an increasing crime rate, as well as other signs of social disintegration. Most of the crime is poor people attacking each other, but it spills over to more privileged sectors. People are very worried-and quite properly, because the society is becoming very dangerous. A constructive approach to the problem would require dealing with its fundamental causes, but thatís off the agenda, because we must continue with a social policy thatís aimed at strengthening the welfare state for the rich.
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