I just recently saw “Behold a Pale Horse”starring Charlie Daniels. Excellent movie.

Charlie wrote this great song called “Uneasy Rider” back in the day. It sums up my experience with the Gulf Coast, particularly LA and MS. On a related note, the movie “Easy Rider” is a must-see classic.

Anyway, Louisiana is the world’s prison capital. Considering that the US has the highest per-capita and gross prison population, that’s sad.

Gary Johnson has been saying in various interviews that the Dept. of Education should be eliminated and the responsibility of education should go to the states to decide. Unlike a lot of libertarians, instead of just saying that and providing some idealistic principle for doing so (nothing wrong with that but uh, it’s not very convincing), Johnson describes an appealing end result of having “50 laboratories of innovation” with regards to education. Texas, for example, might pioneer a creationist-based curriculum while Massachusetts might pioneer teaching degenerate atheism and hands-on sexual education for kindergarteners. Hah, just kidding but you see how this could work. Don’t like it? Go to another state. State governments would compete to attract the best and brightest, however they might define that. It’s certainly a better idea than throwing increasingly more and more tax revenue at an increasingly failing system that at this point in some instances can’t even produce high school graduates that can form complete sentences or do basic arithmetic.

I digress; if elitists want an exemplary laboratory for their prison nation of forced labor camps, they need look no further than Louisiana. Texas ain’t far behind.

basic steps:

1. institute civil rather than common law
2. discard habeas corpus and assume a defendant is guilty until proven innocent
3. glamorize corruption, bribery, extortion and graft until it is endemic to the culture
4. promote French language and culture 😉
5. ???
6. profit!

Update 17 Sep 2012:

I ran across this while trying to convince an Obamanoid about the prison-industrial complex.

If you still believe that prisoners are only in the business of producing license plates, guess again. Private corporations are making a killing employing prisoners across the US. They are hiring the incarcerated to manufacture everything from designer jeans to computer circuit boards.
Inmate Ayana Cole always dreamed of being a fashion designer. Now imprisoned in Oregon, she is paid .45 cents an hour to turn out “prison blues” jeans. The designer denims are sold in high end Beverly Hills boutiques, carrying price tags upwards of $350.00. Demand for the bead encrusted jeans is so high, the company can barely keep up with the demand.
Donovan Thomas earns .21 cents per hour manufacturing high end office equipment which can be found in some of Los Angeles most plush office suites.

For the tycoons who have invested in the prison industry, it has been like finding a pot of gold. They don’t have to worry about strikes or paying unemployment, health or worker’s comp insurance, vacation or comp time. All of their workers are full time, and never arrive late or are absent because of family problems; moreover, if prisoners refuse to work, they are moved to disciplinary housing and lose canteen privileges. Most importantly, they lose “good time” credit that reduces their sentence.

Honda has paid inmates $2.00 per hour to do the same work they would have been required to pay auto workers $20 to $30 per hour to complete. Konica has used prisoners to repair copy machines at less that .50 cents per hour. Toys R Us has used prisoners in the past to restock shelves, and Microsoft has employed them to pack and ship software. Lockhart Technologies recently closed its Austin plant and fired some 150 workers. It realized it could relocate those jobs manufacturing circuit boards to a Wackenhut-run prison where detainees did the work for minimum wage.