Friday, November 9, 2012

Crime and job security

"No crime means no police. What makes the presence and control of the police tolerable for the population, if not fear of the criminal? This institution of the police, which is so recent and so oppressive, is only justified by that fear. If we accept the presence in our midst of these uniformed men, who have exclusive right to carry arms, who demand our papers, who come and prowl on our doorsteps, how would any of this be possible if there were no criminals? And if there weren’t articles every day in the newspapers telling us how numerous and dangerous our criminals are?" –Michel Foucault

And, of course, there is the burgeoning market in private prisons...

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