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America, the Law-crazed

Charles Kirtley Wrote: Jul 25, 2012 8:00 PM
The more laws there are, the more laws the average citizen breaks, no matter how hard he tries not to. When everyone is a lawbreaker, overall respect for the law declines. In the long run this may be more harmful to society than stupidly enforcing stupid laws.

Over the past few decades, America has locked up more and more people. Our prison population has tripled. Now we jail a higher percentage of people than even the most repressive countries: China locks up 121 out of every 100,000 people; Russia 511. In America? 730.

"Never in the civilized world have so many been locked up for so little," The Economist says.

Yet we keep adding more laws and longer jail terms.

Lavrentiy Beria, head of Joseph Stalin's secret police in the old Soviet Union, supposedly said, "Show me the man, and I'll show you the...