In response to:

America, the Law-crazed

Cold_Wave Wrote: Jul 25, 2012 10:10 AM
We should choose our legislators (representatives) the same way we choose juries. Random draws from the voter lists, and a few basic questions to see if they can be fair. And we should pay them the same as jurors (parking and meal voucher).

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...