Although many of today’s worst trends seem to be born inside the USA, some of these trends are going global. In order to work the triplicate control protocols based on punishment, surveillance, and brute force, a legion of undesirables must exist, and if they don’t they will be created. Just as Naomi Klein’s Shock Doctrine explains how disasters will be capitalized with some created to speed the process, there is a psycho-social equivalent.
In India, the caste system enabled those close to the fiscal bottom–but not designated as Undesirables per se–to feel superior to someone else. In impoverished Latin American lands where men feel a loss of power that’s largely the result of occupier-imperialists, they practice a form of misogyny known as machismo. So long as the man can treat “his” woman like chattel, he has a measure of self-worth.
Hierarchy is always cruel and never truly Democratic. Since the spread of odious treaties like NAFTA added to the deregulatory craze that allowed banks and Wall Street to invent their own non products and sell them to the tune of many trillions, wealth has aggregated to the already privileged few with far less available to the many.
The U.S. lobbyists who work for Corrections Corps. of America and other private prison firms require warm bodies to fill those rapidly being built jails and prisons. That’s why more and more actions (mostly on the part of poor or darker hued persons) are being criminalized. Readers of this site are privy to the fact that traffic violations and things as minimal as parking tickets are being used to assign poor folk to prison/time where the time served also rings up a tab that can never be paid.
By not granting minimal support to Ex-felons, there’s an increased probability that such persons will end up back “in the system.” This is how Disaster Capitalism operates. In order for institutions based on incarceration, muscular law enforcement, border controls, and other increasingly militarizing protocols to remain underway… a percentage of citizens must be designated as America’s Untouchables and/or enemy combatants, terrorists, or criminals.
The Control State is a Cancer that’s showing no sign of any quick or immediate cure. It eats its own.