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The Compartmentalization of Injustice

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From BroadSnark:

When I was on grand jury duty we were told again and again that we were not to think about the consequences. When people asked what the possible punishment could be – because they clearly did not think the person should go to prison – the prosecutors would refuse to answer. When people had questions about the legality of searches, the prosecutors would tell us that the defense attorney would worry about that. When people asked questions about the flimsy evidence, the prosecutors told them that those matters would get settled at trial – knowing full well the case would never go to trial.

. . . On my better days I tried to focus on just how hard the system works to keep us compartmentalized. Without compartmentalization, the whole system would fail. As obedient as the people in that grand jury room were, had they had the opportunity to determine the actual consequences, I believe many of them would have refused to send people to prison. And I say that knowing that they were almost completely unaware of what happens in those places.

Our lives are entirely compartmentalized. We are pressured to limit our thinking all the time. We study in silos of academic disciplines. We work in factories or offices where we have little idea where our tasks fit into the whole. We draw lines through our work and personal lives so that the filth we do to earn a living might not dirty the rest of our lives. We allow ourselves to be cogs in oppression machines.

We have to stop compartmentalizing. We have to stop taking the easy road of choosing to follow orders because resisting is hard. It isn’t o.k. to just go along.

–BroadSnark, The Compartmentalization of Injustice (9 May 2014)

You really should read the whole thing.

This may also be of some relevance to this; and also to this; and, strategically, to this.

Monday Lazy Linking

<li><a href="">Nokia Sues Apple, Claims iPhone Infringes on Slew of Patents. <cite>Daring Fireball</cite> (2009-10-24)</a>. In which government-imposed patent monopolies once again promote science and the useful arts by rewarding innovative research and development. <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Saturday 2009-10-24.)</em></li>
<li><a href="">Would-be bounty hunters nab innocent woman in Bristol. <cite>State &amp; Regional Politics for Richmond Times-Dispatch</cite> (2009-10-25)</a>. 1. The bounty hunters didn't just "nab the wrong woman." They strip-searched and sexually assaulted her. 2. As a result, these three rampaging rapist thugs are facing arrest and multiple charges of abduction, robbery, and sexual battery. As well they should be -- and I hope they rot. But care to guess how many charges they would be facing if they really were on that government police "drug task force" they pretended to be on, and did exactly the same thing to exactly the same innocent woman?<br><br>(If your guess is "any," guess again.) <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2009-10-25.)</em></li>
<li><a href="">Sexist Beatdown: The Happy Hooker, Or Why Doesn’t Steven Levitt Suck Dick  For a Living? <cite>The Sexist</cite> (2009-10-25)</a>. In which Econo-Creep Central Junior Partners Levitt and Dubner examine the economics of sex work with a sample size of N=2. <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2009-10-25.)</em></li>
<li><a href="">Soviet Shoes, by David Henderson. <cite>EconLog</cite> (2009-09-30)</a>. <q>I mentioned in Tuesday's post that one of my favorite passages from Scott Shane's Dismantling Utopia is the passage about shoes. Commenter Bill asked me for the passage. Here it is: My informal survey suggested that some of the longest lines in Moscow were for shoes. At first I assumed...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2009-10-25.)</em></li>
<li><a href="">Miroslav Pašek’s work, in pictures. Mike Gogulski -, <cite>Anarchoblogs in English</cite> (2009-10-23)</a>. <q>A couple of post-police attack photos, taken on 6 September 2009, the day after. Bruising to right upper arm showing finger impressions of Miroslav Pašek Slovak State Police hired thug Miroslav Pašek has learned how to inflict great pain with his hands while leaving few if any marks on the...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2009-10-25.)</em></li>
<li><a href="">How an insurance mandate could leave many worse off. <cite>Marginal Revolution</cite> (2009-10-26)</a>. In which it is discovered that forcing working folks to pay for big corporate health insurance, whether they want to or not, and whether they can afford to or not, might turn out to prop up big corporate health insurers at the expense of working folks. <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Monday 2009-10-26.)</em></li>