Arguably capitalism’s greatest feat in the last century is the almost complete separation of production from consumption. Modern Americans rarely see where anything is produced, whether food or consumer goods. This is an intentional move by corporations to shelter themselves from pressures to produce goods in anything other than brutal conditions that maximize profit.
We simply have no idea of knowing what goods are produced under any sort of labor conditions, but especially prison labor. What corporations are directly benefiting from prison labor? At what point do Americans enter into the process? What responsibility do we have to find out? But because of the extreme capital mobility lauded by the political and economic elite for the last fifty years, we simply have almost no way to find out the answers to the questions.
- “oh yeah, i support more transitional housing, i think it’s a good idea. i just don’t want it near where i live with my kids, you know?”
- “they’re not exactly health nuts. some of them will take like 5 hard boiled eggs at breakfast.”
- “poverty is such a problem because people keep on doing things in the wrong order. i mean, get married first and then have a family, you know? it’s not rocket science.”
- “i try to put out serving utensils but they’ll just reach for the muffins with their hands.”
FOR FUCKING REAL