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Hungry Ghosts
Socialism to Communism to Fascism With more and more people becoming comfortable with the idea of socialism it is important to realize that socialism is the transition to communism. If we become comfortable with that what is to prevent us from heading on over to fascism. In communism everyone is equal, it is a stateless society, no one is rich and no one is poor, the community holds the products and the major resources. The only real definition of fascism is the one Benito Mussolini gave us; he outlined the three principles of fascism.  1. Everything in the state; the government is supreme and the country is all encompassing and all within it must conform to the ruling body. 2. Nothing outside of the state, the implied goal of any fascist state is to rule the world and have every human submit to the government. 3. Nothing against the state, any questioning of the state will not be tolerated, if you do not see things our way, you are wrong, if you do not agree with the government you can’t be permitted to live and taint the minds of the rest of the good citizens.
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“The great virtue of a free market system is that it does not care what color people are; it does not care what their religion is; it only cares whether they can produce something you want to buy. It is the most effective system we have discovered to enable people who hate one another to deal with one another and help one another.” ― Milton Friedman
Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.” ― Winston S. Churchill
Prison Reform
Talk of prison reform has recently surfaced and hopefully some meaningful changes will be put into place as a result of it.   No matter where one stands on the issue the system we currently have in place is not working; it’s time to try something different. The recidivism rate for prisoners released from U.S. prisons is 68% after 3 years- 79% after 6 years and 83% after 9 years. Not a good record. Currently the American Criminal Justice system holds approximately 2.3 million people in 1719 state prisons, 102 federal, 1852 juvenile facilities, 3163 local and 80 Indian Country jails. Every year about 626,000 people walk out of a prison and 10.6 million go into one. The United States has more people (536,000) detained before trial than most other countries have in their prisons and jails combined. At any given time the U.S. Justice System control almost 7 million people and about half of those are on probation. We have the highest incarceration rate in the world. Privatization of the jails is not the answer. While the government seeks bids from private firms to operate the jails the industry is dominated by two firms. They spend less by cutting corners which sometimes results in more injuries and illnesses. Those inmates that have mental illnesses do not get the care they need. There shouldn’t be an incentive to lock up more people. The Prison Reform President Trump is in support of calls for; Mental Health Vocational training Job creation After-school programs Substance abuse programs and Mentoring Whether this is the solution that we need or not it’s a step in the right direction. When something has failed as miserably as our current system we need to try a new approach. A thought from St. Augustine “Hear the other side.”
“Secrets, silent, stony sit in the dark palaces of both our hearts: secrets weary of their tyranny: tyrants willing to be dethroned.” ― James Joyce