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The culture of imprisonment

With typical aplomb, Adam Gopnik explores the problem of our booming (read: privatized) industrial-prison complex. Though elegantly stated, Gopnik’s argument is nothing new. It’s good to see it discussed openly in a renowned national magazine. And I say it’s nothing new as part of my disgust with the culture of imprisonment and our general nonchalance about the…

Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition

“The values of tolerance are one of the most difficult lessons to impart, not because people are naturally cruel but because power is naturally fearful. We’re slow learners.”(75) Incredibly slow learners. And, as Adam Gopnik implies here, not just within our lifetime. It seems that we have to almost start over every generation. We have…

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