America: A Shell of Itself

We are all taught in school that after the Civil War, slavery was banned in the United States. The 13th amendment actually says, “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”. Slavery is alive and flourishing in the United States, as one in three black men will spend some time in prison during their life. The secret police of North Korea and the USSR look kind when compared to USA’s Prison Industrial Complex. Corporations and private prisons make billions from essentially prison slave labor. All the while, prisoners make pennies on the dollar because they do not operate in a free market. Corporations and private prisons demonstrate Crony Capitalism at its worst. These companies kickback their profits to corrupt congressmen to lobby for more prisoners. Congress and the Prison Industrial Complex are benefiting from the erosion of human liberty. No company should profit from jailing men in prison. Governments should not allow companies to profit in businesses that would not occur in a free market.

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