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Creek Running North
August 05, 2005
In other dental-elitism news
It occurs to me that we're heading toward a society in which teeth can be used not only to pry open beer bottles or tug on nipple rings, but also as a handy and obvious marker of class. And this one, unlike those little badges the Nazis made people wear, will come without any civil rights deprivation issues or pesky privacy interpretations of the Constitution. The law, in its majestic equality, will allow rich and poor alike to go for decades without visiting the dentist.
Posted by Chris Clarke at August 5, 2005 03:49 PM
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Oh. Well, that makes sense, then. How incredibly helpful. How incredibly humane. How incredibly effective at teaching those people a lesson. What lesson is that? Meth is bad? You're a bad person, and you're going to hell, and we'll give you a taste of it right now? When we put you in jail you stop being human, so we can do anything we want to you?
I guess it makes some politicians feel better about their pathetic useless lives when they know that people who are already suffering get to suffer some more.Posted by: Stephanie at August 5, 2005 09:41 PM
When we put you in jail you stop being human, so we can do anything we want to you?
I really think that's it, plus the effects of Invisible Hand moral theology, from all the recent statistical revelations that have filtered out via Left Blogistan re the abysmal health care in privatized prisons (people starving to death in the medical wards, people dying of suffocation due to neglected pneumonia, etc etc ad nauseum) and prison rape (you know, that funny thing that liberal bloggers [sic] like to joke about happening to people they hate) - though I think it's a little more elaborate than that.
See, the only people who go to jail are the kinds of people who weren't really people to start with. That is, they weren't part of our socio-ethno-economic group. Because people who are, don't go to jail. (If they do, it's due to a misunderstanding. Because We're Not The Kind Of People Who Are Criminals. The circle of solipsism remains unbroken.)
It really is Sodom & Gomorrah ethics - the whole story is worth reading, but scroll down to the bit where Rabbi Greenberg recounts the folk explanation of what it was that finally pushed God over the edge with those cities.Posted by: bellatrys at August 6, 2005 04:58 PM