Today’s New York Times contains a piece reporting that:
The United States has less than 5 percent of the world’s population. But it has almost a quarter of the world’s prisoners.
In other words, our rate of jailing is generally equal to our rate of hogging and squandering the Earth’s natural resources.
The Times’ explanation of this shocking, disgusting, embarrassing, massively wasteful and evil incarceration rate is utterly stupid, of course: all speculation about culture, and zero consideration whatsoever about our equally shocking, disgusting, embarrassing, massively wasteful and evil levels of class inequality.