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Re: I think it's time to write off the progressive demographic.
« Reply #135 on: Yesterday at 06:23:03 pm »
I’ve also noticed recently that there is a slice of the progressive left who don’t seem to be willing to accept when someone has done their time. Does the legal system mean anything anymore? How does a society rebuild something like a legal system? Is that idea as infeasible as the libertarians who want to rebuild the government?
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Re: I think it's time to write off the progressive demographic.
« Reply #136 on: Yesterday at 07:03:55 pm »
I’ve also noticed recently that there is a slice of the progressive left who don'’t seem to be willing to accept when someone has done their time. Does the legal system mean anything anymore? How does a society rebuild something like a legal system? Is that idea as infeasible as the libertarians who want to rebuild the government?

Are you referring to the "instant death penalty for pedophiles/no civil rights for rapists" folk? 

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Re: I think it's time to write off the progressive demographic.
« Reply #137 on: Today at 12:19:30 am »
Trial by social media will never lead to real change, abandoning the rule of law is why the progressives are so weak and why trump will have two terms. It invalidates their position. And the worst part is it is because the targets are tantalizingly evil. Wienstien gets fired as part of #MeToo and the studios use the whole thing as a power shift, it does not shift to women, but to the other evil old men who sit in opposition to Wienstien.
As to helping women in these situations, the rape culture will go underground for a year or two and resurface with less vulnerability then it had before.
Without prosecutions and the flow, the media circus just ends up making the whole thing feel less authentic, it actively hinders changes to the wide social consciousness.
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Re: I think it's time to write off the progressive demographic.
« Reply #138 on: Today at 12:21:03 am »
And don't for a moment think I support Weinstien or their ilk, thats the worst part, the more obviously evil the target the more important they get ruined through the courts, through official channels.
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Re: I think it's time to write off the progressive demographic.
« Reply #139 on: Today at 03:19:04 am »
I’ve also noticed recently that there is a slice of the progressive left who don’t seem to be willing to accept when someone has done their time. Does the legal system mean anything anymore? How does a society rebuild something like a legal system? Is that idea as infeasible as the libertarians who want to rebuild the government?

I think it stems from a deep distrust of the legal system's ability to redress certain grievances.

Our society in general has a really hard time digesting the concept of someone having done their time, or having repaid their debt to society. What crimes exactly someone is most concerned about varies, but lots of people feel the need to twist the knife on anyone who's ever fucked up. Being a felon in the USA is practically second-class citizen status, no matter how much you're punished.

OTOH, the only voices I've heard (lol perception bias) calling most strongly for justice reform and rehabilitation are progressive voices. The ways in which the USA's penal system in particular is perverted by private interests and profit are especially strong rallying points.

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Re: I think it's time to write off the progressive demographic.
« Reply #140 on: Today at 02:44:51 pm »
I’ve also noticed recently that there is a slice of the progressive left who don’t seem to be willing to accept when someone has done their time. Does the legal system mean anything anymore? How does a society rebuild something like a legal system? Is that idea as infeasible as the libertarians who want to rebuild the government?

I think it stems from a deep distrust of the legal system's ability to redress certain grievances.

Our society in general has a really hard time digesting the concept of someone having done their time, or having repaid their debt to society. What crimes exactly someone is most concerned about varies, but lots of people feel the need to twist the knife on anyone who's ever fucked up. Being a felon in the USA is practically second-class citizen status, no matter how much you're punished.

OTOH, the only voices I've heard (lol perception bias) calling most strongly for justice reform and rehabilitation are progressive voices. The ways in which the USA's penal system in particular is perverted by private interests and profit are especially strong rallying points.
Our legal system is premised on exacting by vengance on those who we perceive as having done wrong, which really makes it hard to forgive those who have gone through the system and reaccept them into society.  Prison isn’t about making you a better person or working to overcome the circumstances that encouraged or allowed for the behavior that landed you there, and it certainly isn’t about finding reconciliation between the involved parties.  Sure, we are doing better now than we used to, implementing some education and training programs in prison, and some crazy places even help people returning to society find jobs and housing, which it turns out massively reduces recidivism.  We have made some improvements, but the basic premise of our prison system (and the law enforcement and court systems that funnel people there) is to punch back at people we think have hurt us, and lock them away so we don’t have to think about them.

Just because you kick someone in the shins doesn’t mean you’ve forgiven them for kicking you first.  The fact that so many would be criminals can just ignore this whole system if they are sufficiently rich/white/male/et cetera makes it that much harder to have any faith that prison can allow for true reintegration.

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Re: I think it's time to write off the progressive demographic.
« Reply #141 on: Today at 03:24:16 pm »
I think you're 75% correct. The missing 25% is the profit motive from privatized prisons and cheap prison labor.

Text of the 13th Amendment: "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."

This was the amendment that prohibited the practice of slavery in the United States after the Civil War. Notice the bolded exception, and consider who the United States tends to put in prison a LOT more than everyone else.

Taken from that angle, it starts to make much more sense as to why thing are the way they are. Criminal justice in the United States is deeply warped by profit motive (and, y'know, racism). It meshes nicely with "Get Tough On Crime" and "Zero Tolerance" attitudes: indulge people's gut-level desire to punish wrongdoers and spend effort on scooping people up to exploit, rather than spending effort on improving standards of living or community health.

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Re: I think it's time to write off the progressive demographic.
« Reply #142 on: Today at 03:45:24 pm »
I think you're 75% correct. The missing 25% is the profit motive from privatized prisons and cheap prison labor.

Text of the 13th Amendment: "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."

This was the amendment that prohibited the practice of slavery in the United States after the Civil War. Notice the bolded exception, and consider who the United States tends to put in prison a LOT more than everyone else.

Taken from that angle, it starts to make much more sense as to why thing are the way they are. Criminal justice in the United States is deeply warped by profit motive (and, y'know, racism). It meshes nicely with "Get Tough On Crime" and "Zero Tolerance" attitudes: indulge people's gut-level desire to punish wrongdoers and spend effort on scooping people up to exploit, rather than spending effort on improving standards of living or community health.
Of course profit has something to do with it, this is ‘Murica after all.  Tied with that is enforcing and reinforcing current power structures.  The police are there to ensure that the rules those at the top want are followed by those at the bottom.  Nixon took this to another level by creating the never ending war on drugs as a way to disenfranchise the predominantly democratic voting minorities who were using the substances most heavily targeted by his administration.  Racism with a purpose!