On the American Paradox of Laissez Faire and Mass Incarceration

Oped arguing that mass incarceration in America is a result of simultaneously held beliefs in the free market and a paradoxical trust in governmental competence when it comes to policing and punishing.

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What we come to believe — so often, in reality, mere fiction and myth — takes on the character of truth and has real effects, tangible effects on our social and political condition. These beliefs, these human fabrications, are they simply illusions? Read more...