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At 2:50 pm, more than half the runners were through. At 2:50 pm, more than half the runners were through.
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[Explosion] The first bomb explodes. [Explosion] The first bomb explodes.
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Breaking news from Canada. Police say Breaking news from Canada. Police say
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they've broken up an Al-Qaeda-linked terrorist attack they've broken up an Al-Qaeda-linked terrorist attack
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that was aimed to disrupt a major North American transportation route. that was aimed to disrupt a major North American transportation route.
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A sharp new warning of all-out war. A sharp new warning of all-out war.
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For the first time, the mysterious and secretive nation For the first time, the mysterious and secretive nation
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has threatened a preemptive nuclear strike against the US. has threatened a preemptive nuclear strike against the US.
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In Europe, Spain is also feeling the economic pinch. In Europe, Spain is also feeling the economic pinch.
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One in four are now currently unemployed in that country, One in four are now currently unemployed in that country,
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and the EU expects that number to climb even higher. and the EU expects that number to climb even higher.
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China and neighboring countries are mobilizing resources China and neighboring countries are mobilizing resources
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to fight off a new strain of bird flu. to fight off a new strain of bird flu.
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Hospitals in a race against time to contain nightmare super bacteria Hospitals in a race against time to contain nightmare super bacteria
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before it spreads from the hospital out into the world. before it spreads from the hospital out into the world.
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Geez, you scared me! Jesus, you scared me!
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But hey I guess that's OK, right? But hey, I guess that's OK, right?
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If you watch the news these days, If you watch the news these days,
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there seems to be a lot to be concerned about. there seems to be a lot to be concerned about.
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Nuclear war, terrorism, mass shootings, city bombings, Nuclear war, terrorism, mass shootings, city bombings,
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corporate fraud, bird flu, bank failures, unemployment, corporate fraud, bird flu, bank failures, unemployment,
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contamination, gangs, general crime contamination, gangs, general crime
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and depending on your temperament and conditioning, and depending on your temperament and conditioning,
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perhaps you've already armed yourself to the teeth perhaps you've already armed yourself to the teeth
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and are watching this show from an underground bunker somewhere and are watching this show from an underground bunker somewhere
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waiting for the end of civilization itself. waiting for the end of civilization itself.
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Whatever the concern, the idea of protection or security from such woes Whatever the concern, the idea of protection or security from such woes
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are ever-pervasive today. are ever-pervasive today.
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Prisons, police, insurance, warranties, protection agencies, Prisons, police, insurance, warranties, protection agencies,
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military and domestic armament, airport groping, government surveillance, etc. military and domestic armament, airport groping, government surveillance, etc.
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reveal a culture of fear, if you will, on many levels. reveal a culture of fear, if you will, on many levels,
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Not to mention that the modern trends not to mention that the modern trends
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of such security risks are certainly fascinating. of such security risks are certainly fascinating.
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For example, before the 1980s, the thought of someone For example, before the 1980s, the thought of someone
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going into their workplace and wiping out a couple of people going into their workplace and wiping out a couple of people
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was a relatively remote concept. was a relatively remote concept.
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Today, we repeatedly see these acts of seemingly random violence, Today we repeatedly see these acts of seemingly random violence,
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not only in businesses but in schools, churches, movie theaters, not only in businesses but in schools, churches, movie theaters,
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malls, sporting events and other common institutions. malls, sporting events and other common institutions.
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As unfortunate as this dark reality of our human capacity is, As unfortunate as this dark reality of our human capacity is,
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it's perhaps not as unfortunate it's perhaps not as unfortunate
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as the archaic methods we as a civilization have concocted as the archaic methods we as a civilization have concocted
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in our attempt to counter such problems. in our attempt to counter such problems.
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For instance, in the wake of growing US gun violence, For instance, in the wake of growing US gun violence,
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the National Rifle Association will tell you that the problem the National Rifle Association will tell you that the problem
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is a lack of armed security at every turn, is a lack of armed security at every turn,
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and if only we'd just arm everybody like the Wild West, and if only we'd just arm everybody like the Wild West,
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problems of social violence would subside. problems of social violence would subside.
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While at the other extreme, folks will tell you that the problem is rather While at the other extreme, folks will tell you that the problem is rather
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due to an ease of access: it's too simple to get weaponry, due to an ease of access: it's too simple to get weaponry,
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and the removal of this easy access is now the correct path. and the removal of this easy access is now the correct path.
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However, do either of these address the real issue, However, do either of these address the real issue,
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the source of the behavioral problem at hand? the source of the behavioral problem at hand?
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Where is the national discussion about, say, motivation Where is the national discussion about, say, motivation
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and the sociological condition itself to which these acts erupt? and the sociological condition itself to which these acts erupt?
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I point this out because in a technological age I point this out because in a technological age
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where people can now print automatic weapons in secret, where people can now print automatic weapons in secret,
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with home 3D printers paving the way for an eventual nanotech revolution with home 3D printers paving the way for an eventual nanotech revolution
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that will enable the public to create powerful weapons at home, that will enable the public to create powerful weapons at home,
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bypassing commercial regulation itself, bypassing commercial regulation itself,
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perhaps we need to rethink our sense of causality here. perhaps we need to rethink our sense of causality here.
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For unless you intend to outlaw scientific progress itself, For unless you intend to outlaw scientific progress itself,
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regulation isn't going to amount to a damn thing in the long run. regulation isn't going to amount to a damn thing in the long run.
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Likewise, come to think of it, maybe we also need to step back Likewise, come to think of it, maybe we also need to step back
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and reframe what a viable threat to our safety really is and reframe what a viable threat to our safety really is
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and how it measures up to other threats. and how it measures up to other threats.
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On April 15, 2013, On April 15, 2013,
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bombs exploded during the Boston Marathon in the United States bombs exploded during the Boston Marathon in the United States
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killing 3 people, gaining global attention, killing 3 people, gaining global attention
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almost like it was another 9/11. almost like it was another 9/11.
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Yet in Iraq, on the exact same Monday, Yet in Iraq, on the exact same Monday,
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bombs exploded killing 20 times as many people, bombs exploded killing 20 times as many people,
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yet no one in the mainstream media seemed to care much about that. yet no one in the mainstream media seemed to care much about that.
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You see, if you pay attention, you might notice You see, if you pay attention, you might notice
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that the true quantifiable magnitude of a threat that the true quantifiable magnitude of a threat
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or the actual toll of violence or the actual toll of violence
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really doesn't mean much in the establishment perception. really doesn't mean much in the establishment perception.
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It's the idea, the context, the political spectacle that matters. It's the idea, the context, the political spectacle that matters.
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This might explain why America has spent almost five trillion dollars This might explain why America has spent almost five trillion dollars
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on so-called terrorism when US citizens today on so-called terrorism, when US citizens today
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and statistically always have been more likely to die of a peanut allergy (and statistically always) have been more likely to die of a peanut allergy
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or in the bathtub than in a terrorist attack. or in the bathtub than in a terrorist attack.
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As the following episode will argue, the security/fear industry As the following episode will argue, the security/fear industry
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stretching from the ever-exploitative news media to the military-industrial complex, stretching from the ever-exploitative news media to the military-industrial complex,
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to the criminal justice system, not only exploits sociological distortion to the criminal justice system, not only exploits sociological distortion
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birthed out of the very fabric of our deprivation, scarcity-driven social order, birthed out of the very fabric of our deprivation, scarcity-driven social order,
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it now appears to be accelerating in a vicious cycle. it now appears to be accelerating in a vicious cycle.
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I don't know about you, but given all of this I don't know about you, but given all of this
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I'm beginning to suspect that maybe, just maybe I'm beginning to suspect that maybe, just maybe
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the very foundation of our socioeconomic system is in play here, the very foundation of our socioeconomic system is in play here,
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no longer existing as a functional mode for human progress on this planet, no longer existing as a functional mode for human progress on this planet,
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but rather as a conduit for a culture in decline. but rather as a conduit for a culture in decline.
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From the creator of the Zeitgeist film trilogy From the creator of the Zeitgeist film trilogy
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comes the worst reality show of all time. comes the worst reality show of all time.
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The real one. The real one.
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GMP Films presents GMP Films presents
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CULTURE IN DECLINE CULTURE IN DECLINE
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with your guide Peter Joseph. with your guide Peter Joseph.
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Prison: from the dark dungeons of the Middle Ages Prison: from the dark dungeons of the Middle Ages
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to our modern industrial mass incarceration correctional facilities, to our modern industrial mass incarceration correctional facilities,
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the prison system is a signature edifice of society today. the prison system is a signature edifice of society today.
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The United States, the land of the free, The United States, the land of the free,
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now has the highest inmate population in the world, now has the highest inmate population in the world,
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incarcerating over 2.3 million in fact. incarcerating over 2.3 million in fact.
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The US has locked up more people than any other country on the planet, The US has locked up more people than any other country on the planet,
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boastfully housing 25% of the entire world's prison population boastfully housing 25% of the entire world's prison population,
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with an 800% increase in incarceration in the past 30 years alone. with an 800% increase in incarceration in the past 30 years alone.
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Based partly on the need to remove active threats from society, Based partly on the need to remove active threats from society,
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coupled with an ever-bleak undertone of retribution and revenge, coupled with an ever-bleak undertone of retribution and revenge,
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the punitive, negative reinforcement tradition common to our justice system the punitive, negative reinforcement tradition common to our justice system
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is now being challenged by some very basic realizations in the human sciences. is now being challenged by some very basic realizations in the human sciences.
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We often forget that when it comes to human conduct, We often forget that when it comes to human conduct,
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true behavioral causality has historically been ignored, true behavioral causality has historically been ignored,
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with the focus rather on spooky superstitious forces with the focus rather on spooky superstitious forces
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such as good and evil. such as good and evil.
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As convenient as such ambiguous metaphysical assumptions are, As convenient as such ambiguous metaphysical assumptions are,
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modern social science now places so-called criminal or anti-social acts modern social science now places so-called criminal or anti-social acts
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in the context of public health, with real solutions in the context of public health, with real solutions
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resting in the arena of preventive medicine, not mere punishment. resting in the arena of preventive medicine, not mere punishment.
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Of course, as with most rational perspectives in the world today, Of course, as with most rational perspectives in the world today,
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this view is rather agitating, for it shatters the glorified free will, this view is rather agitating, for it shatters the glorified free will,
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morally empirical traditional assumptions morally empirical traditional assumptions
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our entire criminal justice system is built upon. our entire criminal justice system is built upon.
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However, let's put that aside for now, However, let's put that aside for now,
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and point out the fact that, while most naturally do fear prison, and point out the fact that, while most naturally do fear prison,
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its effect as a deterrent is actually quite weak. its effect as a deterrent is actually quite weak.
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Considering US trends, we see a massive increase in incarceration over time, Considering US trends, we see a massive increase in incarceration over time,
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so with this basic observation, the punitive threat of prison so with this basic observation the punitive threat of prison
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clearly isn't working statistically. clearly isn't working statistically.
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Likewise, prison is supposed to be some form of rehabilitation center, right? Likewise, prison is supposed to be some form of rehabilitation center, right?
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So does this system work to reform human behavior, So does this system work to reform human behavior,
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taking in so-called criminals and outputting mentally healthy, taking in so-called criminals and outputting mentally healthy,
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law-abiding citizens? law-abiding citizens?
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No. In the United States, two thirds of prisoners released No. In the United States two thirds of prisoners released
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re-offend within three years, often with a more serious and violent offense. re-offend within three years, often with a more serious and violent offense.
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Dr James Gilligan, former director of Dr James Gilligan, former director of
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the Center for the Study of Violence at Harvard Medical School the Center for the Study of Violence at Harvard Medical School
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actually refers to prisons as graduate schools for crime and violence. actually refers to prisons as 'graduate schools for crime and violence'.
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So given all of this, perhaps we need to step back a bit, So given all of this, perhaps we need to step back a bit,
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shake off the shackles of common perception and ask ourselves shake off the shackles of common perception and ask ourselves
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what other roles the judicial and prison systems really have. what other roles the judicial and prison systems really have.
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For if incarceration isn't statistically working as deterrent, For if incarceration isn't statistically working as deterrent,
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and those who get out of prison are more often worse and those who get out of prison are more often worse
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than they were when they went in, something is clearly wrong. than they were when they went in, something is clearly wrong.
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What else is going on here? What else is going on here?
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While the justification of incarceration is certainly viable While the justification of incarceration is certainly viable
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with respect to true social threats, with respect to true social threats,
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no different than the medical need to quarantine somebody no different than the medical need to quarantine somebody
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who is a threat to society because of a contagious disease, who is a threat to society because of a contagious disease,
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the evolution of the prison tradition reveals some very dark truths. the evolution of the prison tradition reveals some very dark truths.
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The best way to think about it is from a historical perspective, The best way to think about it is from a historical perspective,
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considering race conflict, class conflict considering race conflict, class conflict
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in the context of economic and political expedience. in the context of economic and political expedience.
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The first thing to understand is that political power, like economic power, The first thing to understand is that political power, like economic power,
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is sourced in social inefficiency. is sourced in social inefficiency.
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In other words, politicians need something to fight, and to a certain degree, In other words, politicians need something to fight, and to a certain degree,
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the more problems a society has, the more the citizens tend to feel the need the more problems a society has, the more the citizens tend to feel the need
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to give up their power to government control, to give up their power to government control,
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with the most proven effective type of problem being fear, with the most proven effective type of problem being fear,
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usually fear of some perceived identifiable external group. usually fear of some perceived identifiable external group.
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Of course, this idea has been acknowledged for years, Of course, this idea has been acknowledged for years,
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such as by political theorist Karl Schmitt, such as by political theorist Karl Schmitt
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in his 'The Concept of the Political', saying that in his 'The Concept of the Political', saying that
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political unity is achieved by defining a common enemy. political unity is achieved by defining a common enemy.
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Nothing new. The Nazis did this with the Jewish culture. Nothing new. The Nazis did this with the Jewish culture.
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The early US did this with the Native American culture and so on. The early US did this with the Native American culture and so on.
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In short, the trick is to push the idea that some subculture, In short, the trick is to push the idea that some subculture,
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usually in the minority, is the true source of all of society's woes, usually in the minority, is the true source of all of society's woes,
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generating mass resentment, and thereby ignoring generating mass resentment and thereby ignoring
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more accurate, yet politically inconvenient realities. more accurate yet politically inconvenient realities.
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And while direct racism and discrimination And while direct racism and discrimination
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are certainly alive and well in the world today, are certainly alive and well in the world today,
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the more elusive yet relevant bias is actually economic. the more elusive yet relevant bias is actually economic.
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The greatest threat to any political establishment is... The greatest threat to any political establishment is...
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what do you mean? This? This is a platform. It's three-dimensional. What do you mean? This? This is a platform. It's three-dimensional.
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There's the base... yeah, I know it's not very good. There's the base... yeah, I know it's not very good.
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Fuck off, Bob, don't make me shoot you again. Fuck off, Bob, don't make me shoot you again.
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The greatest threat to any political establishment The greatest threat to any political establishment
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is any challenge to its underlying economic foundation, is any challenge to its underlying economic foundation,
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as all political platforms are rooted in an economic bias, as all political platforms are rooted in an economic bias,
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one way or another. If you can brainwash the public into, say, one way or another. If you can brainwash the public into, say,
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viewing the failures of capitalism as instead rooted viewing the failures of capitalism as rooted
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in the poor moral virtue of a trouble-causing subsection of the population, in the poor moral virtue of a trouble-causing subsection of the population,
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rather than a built-in consequence of perhaps rather than a built-in consequence of perhaps
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capitalism's elitist psychology and scarcity-driven structure, capitalism's elitist psychology and scarcity-driven structure,
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you can maintain control. you can maintain control.
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This is where the 'common enemy scapegoat scam' comes into play. This is where the 'common enemy scapegoat scam' comes into play.
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It's not that bad! It's not that bad!
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We simply demonize the victims of this system, shifting blame away We simply demonize the victims of this system, shifting blame away
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from the more relevant environmental, causal, social condition itself from the more relevant environmental, causal, social condition itself
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and in the context of the justice system, the war on crime is a perfect tool. and in the context of the justice system, the war on crime is a perfect tool.
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All that war on crime is, is a war on the poor and economically irrelevant. All that war on crime is, is a war on the poor and economically irrelevant.
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And if a society is conditioned to believe And if a society is conditioned to believe
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that a person breaking into their car to steal property that a person breaking into their car to steal property
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is simply an amoral abomination with all the life choices in the world is simply an amoral abomination with all the life choices in the world
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otherwise to make ends meet, then the causal shift is a success. otherwise to make ends meet, then the causal shift is a success.
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The reality, however, is that most of those incarcerated today The reality, however, is that most of those incarcerated today
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are there almost always due to crimes born from deprivation; are there almost always due to crimes born from deprivation;
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deprivation which can be generalized in two forms: deprivation which can be generalized in two forms:
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relative and absolute. relative and absolute.
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Absolute deprivation is when a person's most basic needs Absolute deprivation is when a person's most basic needs
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are simply not met, and poverty is the lead source. are simply not met, and poverty is the lead source.
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The spectrum of disorder that arises from poverty is vast: The spectrum of disorder that arises from poverty is vast:
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from drug dealing, theft and prostitution from drug dealing, theft and prostitution
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in areas lacking employment opportunities in areas lacking employment opportunities
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to emotional loss, self-worth neuroses and illegal self-medication to emotional loss, self-worth neuroses and illegal self-medication
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leading to complex and elusive chain reactions, leading to complex and elusive chain reactions,
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which can result in destructive antisocial behavior. which can result in destructive antisocial behavior.
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Today, one out of every 15 African American kids in the United States Today, one out of every 15 African American kids in the United States
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have at least one parent in prison, usually the father. have at least one parent in prison, usually the father.
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It's bad enough that the father figure is important to familial survival It's bad enough that the father figure is important to familial survival
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as the historical breadwinner, but the proven emotional toll as the historical breadwinner, but the proven emotional toll
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on children who must go without such an influential parental figure on children who must go without such an influential parental figure
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also has dark results, as those children are also also has dark results, as those children are also
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statistically more likely to be imprisoned as adults, in fact. statistically more likely to be imprisoned as adults, in fact.
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If you combine poverty with emotional deprivation, you have the perfect recipe If you combine poverty with emotional deprivation, you have the perfect recipe
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for not only the manifestation of socially aberrant behavior, for not only the manifestation of socially aberrant behavior,
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but the perpetuation of such distortions across generational time. but the perpetuation of such distortions across generational time.
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Relative deprivation, on the other hand, is when our sense of worth Relative deprivation, on the other hand, is when our sense of worth
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and self-respect is associated to our cultural perception of success. and self-respect is associated to our cultural perception of success.
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While absolute deprivation is measured by basic health concerns While absolute deprivation is measured by basic health concerns
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expressing the ever-important need for society to work expressing the ever-important need for society to work
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to efficiently meet our immutable human needs for sanity and true security, to efficiently meet our immutable human needs for sanity and true security,
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relative deprivation exists in the realm of subjective comparison relative deprivation exists in the realm of subjective comparison
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and resulting de-humanization. and resulting de-humanization.
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Likely the greatest example of this negative pressure Likely the greatest example of this negative pressure
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is the state of class imbalance in the world. is the state of class imbalance in the world.
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While it is true that the formally classified poor of the West today While it is true that the formally classified poor of the West today
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actually live, in material terms, actually live, in material terms,
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better than the upper class a thousand years ago, better than the upper class a thousand years ago,
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the dehumanizing wealth stratification occurring today the dehumanizing wealth stratification occurring today
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continues to create complex, destabilizing psychosocial problems. continues to create complex, destabilizing psychosocial problems.
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Long considered an incentive for social progress, Long considered an incentive for social progress,
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class difference and wealth imbalance has turned out to be class difference and wealth imbalance has turned out to be
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a powerful public health issue, a powerful public health issue,
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generating massive psychological and sociological distortion. generating massive psychological and sociological distortion.
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Want to be intellectually honest? The issues raised here Want to be intellectually honest? The issues raised here
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have more to do with commerce than they do with the Second Amendment. have more to do with commerce than they do with the Second Amendment.
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A lot of people make a lot of money selling firearms and ammunition. A lot of people make a lot of money selling firearms and ammunition.
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The National Rifle Association has said the solution The National Rifle Association has said the solution
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is to have armed security guards at every school. is to have armed security guards at every school.
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Certainly, every piece of security we engage in can be helpful, Certainly, every piece of security we engage in can be helpful,
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but it's foolish to think that only security is what we need. but it's foolish to think that only security is what we need.
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The great challenge is, can we prevent these tragedies? The great challenge here is, can we prevent these tragedies?
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Sorry to interrupt, Chief, but since you've just brought up this notion of prevention Sorry to interrupt, Chief, but since you've just brought up this notion of prevention
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which is of course the real issue here, right? I'm curious which is of course the real issue here, right? I'm curious
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when this conversation is going to move to more relevant social science. when this conversation is going to move to more relevant social science.
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For example, we have the NRA here. Hi! For example, we have the NRA here. Hi!
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Yet we don't have anyone from the pharmaceutical industry. Yet we don't have anyone from the pharmaceutical industry.
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Isn't it true that most of the mass shootings that have commenced Isn't it true that most of the mass shootings that have commenced
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have been done by people who were under the influence have been done by people who were under the influence
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of psychologically mood-altering medications? of psychologically mood-altering medications?
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Or better yet, where's the drug czar of this country? Or better yet, where's the drug czar of this country?
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Since the war on drugs has commenced, Since the war on drugs has commenced,
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there has been a massive increase in gun-related drug violence. there has been a massive increase in gun-related drug violence.
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Are we just going to ignore this causality as well? Are we just going to ignore this causality as well?
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Or better yet, I almost forgot, Or better yet, I almost forgot,
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I have here about a hundred years of data I have here about a hundred years of data
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on the relationship between economic imbalance, on the relationship between economic imbalance,
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specifically wealth imbalance and violence. specifically wealth imbalance and violence.
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The stats have become very clear now The stats have become very clear now
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that the gap between the rich and the poor creates more violence. that the gap between the rich and the poor creates more violence.
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The more gap, the more violence. The more gap, the more violence
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And crime on the whole which might explain, by the way, and crime on the whole which might explain, by the way,
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why the United States, with the largest income gap in the world, why the United States, with the largest income gap in the world,
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also has the most violence and worst public health of any first world nation. also has the most violence and worst public health of any first world nation.
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Is this not worth a congressional discussion? Is this not worth a congressional discussion?
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With all due respect, you people can't possibly be naïve enough to think, With all due respect, you people can't possibly be naïve enough to think
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that the reduction of certain guns, as the left suggests, that the reduction of certain guns, as the left suggests,
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or the increase in armed security in public places, as the right suggests, or the increase in armed security in public places, as the right suggests,
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is really going to have a long term effect is really going to have a long term effect
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on such deeply rooted sociological problems, right? on such deeply rooted sociological problems, right?
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A problem clearly rooted in structured dehumanization A problem clearly rooted in structured dehumanization
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and economic deprivation that’s inherent to our social system? and economic deprivation that’s inherent to our social system,
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Is it not of some viable consideration to address this issue? is it not of some viable consideration to address this issue?
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No? Really? No? Really?
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And then we have the so-called war on drugs. And then we have the so-called war on drugs.
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When Richard Nixon declared the drug war in 1971, When Richard Nixon declared the drug war in 1971,
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he asked for an initial 84 million dollars. he asked for an initial 84 million dollars.
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In 2013, the national drug control budget requested 25.6 billion, In 2013, the National Drug Control Budget requested 25.6 billion,
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with about a trillion dollars spent in total. with about a trillion dollars spent in total.
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And the result over time has been more drugs, And the result over time has been more drugs,
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easier access, increased potency and more users. easier access, increased potency and more users.
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Today almost half the federal prison population Today almost half the federal prison population
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are non violent drug offenders, often mere users in fact. are non violent drug offenders, often mere users in fact.
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Clearly a mental health issue rather than a punitive one. Clearly a mental health issue rather than a punitive one.
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Draconian mandatory sentencing laws today Draconian mandatory sentencing laws today
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can send kids to prison for decades for mere possession. can send kids to prison for decades for mere possession.
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And it is no secret that this criminalized subculture And it is no secret that this criminalized subculture
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has been mostly born out of the prohibitive underground economies has been mostly born out of the prohibitive underground economies
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necessarily sprouted in poor areas of the country, necessarily sprouted in poor areas of the country
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largely occupied by minorities. largely occupied by minorities.
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As an aside, we often forget how deeply racist As an aside, we often forget how deeply racist
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the United States has been historically, assuming vast improvement. the United States has been historically, assuming vast improvement.
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And yet today there are more African-Americans behind bars And yet today there are more African-Americans behind bars
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than were slaves before the American Civil War. than were slaves before the American Civil War.
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After segregation, the black community was strategically isolated After segregation, the black community was strategically isolated
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into low income inner city ghettos, into low income inner city ghettos,
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which systematically robbed them of economic opportunity. which systematically robbed them of economic opportunity.
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And as the national culture matured, And as the national culture matured,
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with racism slowly dissipating through the civil rights movement, with racism slowly dissipating through the civil rights movement,
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the economic oppression set in motion at that time remained, the economic oppression set in motion at that time remained,
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creating a powerful cycle ever since. creating a powerful cycle ever since.
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Today, one out of every three black men are expected Today, one out of every three black men are expected
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to go to prison at some point in their lives. to go to prison at some point in their lives.
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And in effect, the real oppressive mechanism in the world today And in effect, the real oppressive mechanism in the world today
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is no longer race, but economic class. is no longer race, but economic class.
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And the punch-line is brutal. Not only are the poor And the punch-line is brutal. Not only are the poor
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and forgotten of our society conveniently turned into criminals, and forgotten of our society conveniently turned into criminals,
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(rather than clear examples of the failure of our social model). (rather than clear examples of the failure of our social model),
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Capitalist ingenuity prevails once again, capitalist ingenuity prevails once again,
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transforming these people into pure saleable commodities, transforming these people into pure saleable commodities,
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creating a massive profit industry creating a massive profit industry
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out of an otherwise economically useless social class. out of an otherwise economically useless social class.
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From thriving income generation, be it fines, tickets, bail posting and lawyers fees, From thriving income generation, be it fines, tickets, bail posting and lawyer fees,
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to the now massive network of servicing the millions of inmates via health care, to the now massive network of servicing the millions of inmates via health care,
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food production, security hiring, parole officers and the like, food production, security hiring, parole officers and the like,
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the prison and security industrial complex in the West the prison and security industrial complex in the West
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is a thriving business enterprise and positive factor on economic growth. is a thriving business enterprise and positive factor on economic growth.
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The cost to imprison one person for one year in the state of California The cost to imprison one person for one year in the state of California
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is about $47,000. is about $47,000.
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Extrapolating that to the total US 2013 prison population of about 2.3 million, Extrapolating that to the total US 2013 prison population of about 2.3 million,
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the incarceration service alone amounts to the incarceration service alone amounts to
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over a 100 billion dollars a year in income. over a 100 billion dollars a year in income.
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And this isn't counting the other 5 million currently being serviced on parole. And this isn't counting the other 5 million currently being serviced on parole.
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Today, the Corrections Corporation of America, G4S Wackenhut Today, the Corrections Corporation of America, G4S Wackenhut
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and other private for profit security and prison firms and other private for-profit security and prison firms
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benefit their investors and shareholders when incarceration rates increase, benefit their investors and shareholders when incarceration rates increase,
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not to mention the now extremely common labor use not to mention the now extremely common labor use,
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or slave labor use I should say, of the prisoners themselves. or slave labor use I should say, of the prisoners themselves.
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And yes, we might feel some moral outrage when a Pennsylvanian judge And yes, we might feel some moral outrage when a Pennsylvanian judge
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gets caught sending kids to private detention centers for cash kickbacks. gets caught sending kids to private detention centers for cash kickbacks.
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But then again, are we really surprised? But then again, are we really surprised?
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There are even small towns in the Midwest There are even small towns in the Midwest
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where the majority are employed by the local prison, where the majority are employed by the local prison,
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and if they don't have crime and prisoners, their town's economy is in the toilet. and if they don't have crime and prisoners, their town's economy is in the toilet.
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Not to mention that most police departments Not to mention that most police departments
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derive enormous funding from drug arrests and seizures. derive enormous funding from drug arrests and seizures.
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If the drug war stopped, the police department If the drug war stopped, the police department
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would lose billions in this country. would lose billions in this country.
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And yes, the rabbit hole runs even deeper. And yes, the rabbit hole runs even deeper.
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If we step back even farther, we see a broader economic reinforcement here. If we step back even farther, we see a broader economic reinforcement here.
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You see, the drug trade is far from limited to your local street thugs. You see, the drug trade is far from limited to your local street thugs.
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Today, US and European banks launder about one trillion dollars Today, US and European banks launder about one trillion dollars
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in criminal, mostly drug, money each year. in criminal, mostly drug, money each year.
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Drug money has actually become a very relevant part Drug money has actually become a very relevant part
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of the Wall Street machine. Even just recently, of the Wall Street machine. Even just recently
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HSBC bank got caught moving about a billion dollars in drug money. HSBC bank got caught moving about a billion dollars in drug money.
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Did the criminal executives get sent to jail? Of course not. Did the criminal executives get sent to jail? Of course not.
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Why? Because the legal system is mostly there to control the poor, Why? Because the legal system is mostly there to control the poor,
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not regulate the rich. not regulate the rich.
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HSBC paid a fine and moved on, likely working to reposition themselves again, HSBC paid a fine and moved on, likely working to reposition themselves again,
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like the dozen or so other major banks like the dozen or so other major banks
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that continue to launder drug money each year. that continue to launder drug money each year.
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Anyway, returning to our main point, Anyway, returning to our main point,
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this now highly capitalized 'blame game, common enemy' approach this now highly capitalized 'blame game, common enemy' approach
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is not just there to dismiss the resulting poor, is not just there to dismiss the resulting poor,
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it is ubiquitous every turn. it is ubiquitous at every turn.
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Whether common crime, terrorism, mass murders or anything destabilizing, Whether common crime, terrorism, mass murders or anything destabilizing,
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we see the mainstream media we see the mainstream media
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and even many in the so-called activist community, completely missing the point, and even many in the so-called activist community, completely missing the point,
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buried under the propaganda of in-the-box establishment self preservation buried under the propaganda of in-the-box establishment self-preservation
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to one degree or another. to one degree or another.
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And you know what Bill Moyer's solution to that is? And you know what Bill Moyer's solution to that is?
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Let non violent criminals out, like heroin dealers. Let non violent criminals out, like heroin dealers.
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Yeah, that's non violent! You're a genius, Bill! Yeah, that's non-violent! You're a genius, Bill!
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To have universal gun registration ... But what about ... To have universal gun registration ... - But what about ...
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Wait, that's an important point. - I'm listening. Wait, that's an important point. - I'm listening.
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For some reason, Wayne Lapierre is not making it, so you will have to hear this from me. For some reason, Wayne Lapierre is not making it, so you will have to hear this from me.
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Universal background check means universal registration. Universal background check means universal registration.
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Universal registration means universal confiscation, universal extermination. Universal registration means universal confiscation, universal extermination.
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It's like God is saying to us "Look, you gotta work with me on this. It's like God is saying to us "Look, you gotta work with me on this.
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I've given you a brain. I've given you a brain.
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I've given you the Second Amendment to your Constitution. I've given you the Second Amendment to your Constitution.
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I've given you weapons, now why don't you use them?" I've given you weapons, now why don't you use them?"
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The tyrants did it. Hitler took the guns. Stalin took the guns. The tyrants did it. Hitler took the guns. Stalin took the guns.
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Mao took the guns. Castro took the guns, Mao took the guns. Fidel Castro took the guns.
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Hugo Chavez took the guns. And I am here to tell you Hugo Chavez took the guns. And I am here to tell you
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1776 will commence again if you try to take our firearms! 1776 will commence again if you try to take our firearms!
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[Laughter, applause] [Laughter, applause]
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And the 21st century Culture in Decline Belligerent Right-Wing Freak Show Award And the 21st century Culture in Decline Belligerent Right-Wing Freak Show Award
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goes to [drum roll] goes to [drum roll]
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Alex Jones! [Applause] Alex Jones! [Applause]
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Hoo! Hoo!
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Give me that, you son of a bitch! Give me that, you son of a bitch!
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Huh, it's about time I won an award! Huh, it's about time I won an award!
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Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Alex Jones. Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Alex Jones.
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And you know what? I’m here to rape your butt. And you know what? I’m here to rape your butt.
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You know why? Because it's gonna feel better if I do it, You know why? Because it's gonna feel better if I do it,
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before the New World Order does. That’s right, before the New World Order does. That’s right,
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the globalists are positioning themselves behind you right now. the globalists are positioning themselves behind you right now.
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They're going to take your guns, put you in FEMA camps They're going to take your guns, put you in FEMA camps
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and make you their slaves. and make you their slaves.
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You think I'm a slave? I'm not a slave! You think I'm a slave? I'm not a slave!
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And then late one night, when you're drinking their homosexually fortified juice boxes And then late one night, when you're drinking their homosexually fortified juice boxes
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BAM! The butt rape begins. BAM! The butt rape begins.
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And you'll be happy that old Alex was there first. And you'll be happy that old Alex was there first.
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To loosen you up real nice and good. To loosen you up real nice and good.
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Now people, I'm not going to take too much time, because I'm a humble man. Now people, I'm not going to take too much time, because I'm a humble man.
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But I want everybody to go to my website right now But I want everybody to go to my website right now
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and buy my newest DVD and buy my newest DVD
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'The Conspiracy Conspiracy': 'The Conspiracy Conspiracy':
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how the global elite pays me to make the liberty movement look insane. how the global elite pays me to make the liberty movement look insane.
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That's right, people. I’m an astroturfer. That's right, people. I’m an astroturfer.
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I’m not here to help things. I’m here to make activists look like freaks. I’m not here to help things, I’m here to make activists look like freaks.
406 406
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I take viable issues of real concern I take viable issues of real concern
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and make them sound as ridiculous as possible. and make them sound as ridiculous as possible.
408 408
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Just like all the other bobbleheads out there. Just like all the other bobbleheads out there.
409 409
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I’m here to distract you, you morons, I’m here to distract you, you morons,
410 410
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and keep you fighting about nonsense. and keep you fighting about nonsense.
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And I get paid to do it. And I get paid to do it.
412 412
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We interrupt this broadcast for an emergency announcement. We interrupt this broadcast for an emergency announcement.
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It's an emergency because we say it is. It's an emergency because we say it is.
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This just in. US airports remain on high alert at this time This just in. US airports remain on high alert at this time
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due to a pronounced terror threat. According to the FBI, due to a pronounced terror threat. According to the FBI,
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a new sophisticated form of terrorist technology has surfaced, a new sophisticated form of terrorist technology has surfaced,
417 417
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which is now forcing rapid new revisions of TSA airport security procedures. which is now forcing rapid new revisions of TSA airport security procedures.
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That's correct, Summer. On the heels of 2006 liquid bomb threat That's correct, Summer. On the heels of 2006 liquid bomb threat
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and 2009 underwear bomber, and 2009 underwear bomber,
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this obscure new approach was revealed to authorities in a videotape this obscure new approach was revealed to authorities in a videotape
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allegedly found in an outhouse in WillyWonkastan. allegedly found in an outhouse in WillyWonkastan.
422 422
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While the date of the video is unknown, While the date of the video is unknown,
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along with no clear understanding of who made it, along with no clear understanding of who made it,
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the use of machetes, headdresses and Arabic language the use of machetes, headdresses and Arabic language
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was enough for federal authorities to declare it is indeed Al Qaeda. was enough for federal authorities to declare it is indeed Al Qaeda.
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The rather grainy video appears to show a medical procedure, The rather grainy video appears to show a medical procedure,
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instructing how to implant explosives in the body cavities instructing how to implant explosives in the body cavities
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of babies, puppies and kittens. Viewer discretion is advised. of babies, puppies and kittens. Viewer discretion is advised.
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Baby go BOOM ! Baby go BOOM !
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In response to this development, the TSA, In response to this development, the TSA
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after an initial failed attempt to simply ban such creatures outright, after an initial failed attempt to simply ban such creatures outright,
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has now instituted a new universal rule. has now instituted a new universal rule.
433 433
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All carry-on babies and small pets under 52 ounces All carry-on babies and small pets under 52 ounces
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must be sealed in a see-through plastic bag. must be sealed in a see-through plastic bag.
435 435
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Most people don’t realize, but the Earth has been slowing for many years. Most people don’t realize, but the Earth has been slowing for many years.
436 436
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And were it not for these huge and expensive fans behind me, And were it not for these huge and expensive fans behind me,
437 437
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we would've ground to a complete day and night halt. we would've ground to a complete day and night halt.
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And every word out of my mouth is true. And every word out of my mouth is true.
439 439
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Do you know why? Because you heard it from some guy in a tie. Do you know why? Because you heard it from some guy in a tie.
440 440
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I'm sorry, ladies and gentlemen, but Bob I'm sorry, ladies and gentlemen, but Bob
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is officially dead. is officially dead.
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Final thoughts. Final thoughts.
443 443
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We live in a social model based upon scarcity and inefficiency. We live in a social model based upon scarcity and inefficiency.
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This means that the more society solves problems, meets human needs This means that the more society solves problems, meets human needs
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and stabilizes itself by recognizing the potentials and limits of natural law, and stabilizes itself by recognizing the potentials and limits of natural law,
446 446
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the less economically viable it is in the monetary economy. the less economically viable it is in the monetary economy.
447 447
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There is a reason why doctor Martin Luther King Jr's final pursuit There is a reason why doctor Martin Luther King Jr's final pursuit
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was a guaranteed income system in the United States. was a guaranteed income system in the United States.
449 449
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For he knew that racism was, in many ways, an extension of classism. For he knew that racism was, in many ways, an extension of classism.
450 450
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And the existence of poverty and deprivation And the existence of poverty and deprivation
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in a world that can create an abundance to meet everyone’s needs, in a world that can create an abundance to meet everyone’s needs,
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was nothing more than structural oppression was nothing more than structural oppression
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coming from a failed and elitist social system, coming from a failed and elitist social system,
454 454
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an impression that, in fact, generates crime an impression that, in fact, generates crime
455 455
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and destabilization in a vicious cycle. and destabilization in a vicious cycle.
456 456
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You want to see a decline in prohibitive economies for drug sales, You want to see a decline in prohibitive economies for drug sales,
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prostitution and black market theft rings? prostitution and black market theft rings?
458 458
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You want to see society stop its enormous use of self-medicating drugs, You want to see society stop its enormous use of self-medicating drugs,
459 459
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both legal and illegal? both legal and illegal?
460 460
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You want to see an end of national war, You want to see an end of national war,
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an improvement of our social infrastructure so disease an improvement of our social infrastructure so disease
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and accidents can be dropped to a relative fraction of what we have now? and accidents can be dropped to a relative fraction of what we have now?
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Or perhaps you want to see the end of school shootings, Or perhaps you want to see the end of school shootings,
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gun violence and acts of terrorism, gun violence and acts of terrorism,
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both in the context of state-funded black ops and real blow-back? both in the context of state-funded black ops and real blow-back?
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Then it's time the human family recognize Then it's time the human family recognize
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its global potential to achieve a post-scarcity reality, its global potential to achieve a post-scarcity reality,
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work to strategically share our resources, work to strategically share our resources,
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work to meet human needs directly, and focus collaborative energy work to meet human needs directly and focus collaborative energy
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on interests for true collective human betterment, on interests for true collective human betterment,
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hence removing the inherent warfare, hence removing the inherent warfare
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unnecessarily built into our archaic socioeconomic system, unnecessarily built into our archaic socioeconomic system,
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along with all the resulting racism, hatred, along with all the resulting racism, hatred,
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dehumanization, oppression and elitism it manifests. dehumanization, oppression and elitism it manifests.
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And no, I’m not telling you to go write your Congressman. And no, I’m not telling you to go write your Congressman.
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If the social system is the disease, then those who appoint themselves If the social system is the disease, then those who appoint themselves
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to assist its operation are the tumors and lesions. to assist its operation are the tumors and lesions.
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Voting with ballots or assuming what you choose to spend money on Voting with ballots or assuming what you choose to spend money on
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is going to change the way this world works, is a delusion. is going to change the way this world works is delusion.