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  •  Maybe I'm too idealistic, but the diary feels (9+ / 0-)

    sensible to me.

     there's no real equivalence between imprisonment of a limited term for crime and a lifetime of servitude  

    A lifetime is a lifetime:

      Recent numbers suggest that only 12% of men who come to Angola will ever breathe free air again.  
     

    A lifetime is a lifetime,
    by whichever means a man is held prisoner,
    for his entire lifetime,
    or his lifetime starting at 20 something years old,
    the age at which I suppose most of them are convicted.

     Are we to spare black prisoners labor imposed as a general sentence because their ancestors may have been enslaved?  That's ridiculous.    
     

    To avoid the feeling
    of repeating abuse
    long considered unwise and cruel,
    yes.

    We should spare all prisoners hard labor.

    How can we tell ourselves
    that hard labor by prisoners
    is not slave labor?

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