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Forum Post: Stakeholder Ownership and Sit-down Strikes -- Noam Chomsky

Posted 5 years ago on Sept. 1, 2014, 2:57 p.m. EST by struggleforfreedom80 (6584)
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[-] 2 points by ShadzSixtySix (1936) 5 years ago

''Private Prison Stocks Soar As Companies Cash In On Incarcerated Immigrants'', by Nicole Flatow :

''Share prices for two of the largest private prison firms have spiked sharply since an influx of unaccompanied migrant children crossing the border was reported this summer. And some investors in GEO Group and Corrections Corporation of America are seizing on the opportunity for more profit from incarceration, according to recent comments to CNN Money.

“Investors see this as an opportunity. This is a potentially untapped market that will have very strong demand,” activist investor Alex Friedmann told CNN Money.

''Both firms, which house prisoners through private sector contracts with the government, have arrangements with federal agencies to detain immigrants. Since July 30, CCA’s stock has increased 8.5 percent, and GEO’s has increased 7 percent. Analyst Brian Ruttenbur added that both companies are “extremely well positioned” to “help with the crisis.”


Thanx for your short 3 minute You-Tube video re worker ownership, Mondragon and sit-downs strikes.

One wonders if 'The Prison Industrial Complex' could be humanised with such a model of ownership or should the democratically run state be responsible ? Alas, Big Corporate Money and their wholly owned Media Underlings & 'Presstitutes' - will not allow any debate on such matters as .. "In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act." (George Orwell).

fiat lux ...

[-] 2 points by Nevada1 (5843) 5 years ago

Hi shadz,
The dirtier the investment, the more it sells.

[-] 4 points by trashyharry (3084) from Waterville, NY 5 years ago

I bet the Owners of for profit prisons would love to be able to release imprisoned people if they would be willing to allow their kidneys and liver lobes to be harvested in exchange for their freedom and then sold for pure profit for whatever the traffic will bear.Human organ traffickers now charge 300k for the organ & procedure as a package deal.Not far to go from there to making soap and stuffing quilts&pillows with people's hair in order to get those profits.The Bastards.

[-] 3 points by Nevada1 (5843) 5 years ago

'What can go wrong, will go wrong', especially with so much profit involved. 300k----ouch.

[-] 4 points by trashyharry (3084) from Waterville, NY 5 years ago

They can soak every last dollar out of a person and their family members.Fantastic.I could not help but notice that even though there are waiting lists for viable whole livers and lobes in the US,when a wealthy person like Steve Jobs or David Crosby needs a transplant,they don't die on a waiting list as mere mortals do.

[-] 4 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 years ago

Cheney? He probably stalked his own victim .... um..... I meant . . . uhhhh . . . found his own donor.....

[-] 3 points by Nevada1 (5843) 5 years ago

Shoots friend in head with shot gun ------Drunk? He did not deserve a transplant.

[-] 4 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 years ago

Well to be fair - #1 it probably was not an accident and his detail probably only got word at the last minute that there was a better candidate to ummmm errrr donate and just managed to deflect the needless shot ermmm donation. #2 there is no way in hell that he deserved to receive a transplant. #3 just sayin.

[-] 0 points by turbocharger (1756) 5 years ago

Better ban shotguns.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 years ago

Shhhhhhhhhhh ....... what are you saying?....... damn that's not a conspiracy theory is it?

[-] 2 points by trashyharry (3084) from Waterville, NY 5 years ago

Profit-before All Else,except-Self.We have gone beyond that now,because profiteering has now become more important than being able to hold body&soul together on this planet in the NEAR future.

[-] 1 points by ShadzSixtySix (1936) 5 years ago

Yes ''the dirtier the investment, the more it sells'' - because money knows no morality really !!!

Also fyi, please be aware of this : https://occupywallst.org/forum/we-must-preach-by-example/ !!

Much more importantly, please consider a key 99% Struggle in the US : http://strikefastfood.org/ !

fiat lux ...

[-] -1 points by turbocharger (1756) 5 years ago

Insanity. Absolute insanity. I think there was something like 1 in 25 people were arrested last year.

[-] 0 points by ShadzSixtySix (1936) 5 years ago

Alexis de Tocqueville's ''Democracy in America'' is one of the most famous books ever written about the politics and culture of the United States. The original purpose of Tocqueville's 1831 journey to the USA is less well known. He came to tour its prisons on behalf of the French government. The United States at the time was renowned in Europe for having created a whole new social institution : The Penitentiary. In New York and Pennsylvania prisons were being designed not to punish inmates but to reform them but sadly, things have now regressed to the point that the US Prison System in now a model of what NOT to do. Also fyi :

fiat justitia ...

[-] 3 points by trashyharry (3084) from Waterville, NY 5 years ago

Much of Alexis de Tocqueville's critique stands to this day.As I recall,he praised Americans for their spirit of Enterprise,egalitarianism,and remarkable capacity for tackling jobs that involve difficult physical labor..He also noted that Americans were quarrelsome,greedy and selfish.

[-] -1 points by ShadzSixtySix (1936) 5 years ago

I wonder what de Tocqueville would make of Fast Food Workers' Struggle in The U$A ?

minima maxima sunt ...

[-] -1 points by turbocharger (1756) 5 years ago

There are so many opportunities for reform while in prison if that was teh goal, clearly the people running this country understand social programming, so all I can gather is they enjoy the chaos.

[-] -1 points by ShadzSixtySix (1936) 5 years ago

Today the United States has approximately 1.8 million people behind bars : about 100,000 in federal custody, 1.1 million in state custody and 600,000 in local jails.

Prisons hold inmates convicted of federal or state crimes & jails hold people awaiting trial or serving short sentences. The United States now imprisons more people than any other country in the world - perhaps half a million more than Communist China & the American inmate population has grown so large that it is difficult to comprehend. Here's insight into one possible reason why :

The Prison-Industrial Complex is not only a set of interest groups and institutions - it is also a state of mind. The lure of big money is corrupting the US' criminal-justice system .. replacing notions of public service with a drive for higher profits and exploitation of every possible 'revenue opportunity'.

fiat pax ...