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Book Review: A Country Called Prison

A Country Called Prison:  Mass Incarceration And The Making Of A New Nation, by Mary D. Looman & John D. Carl I must admit that my feelings about this book were considerably mixed and that my own approach to crime … Continue reading

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Book Review: With Liberty For Some

With Liberty For Some:  500 Years Of Imprisonment In America, by Scott Christianson For the most part, this is precisely the book I was looking for when I began doing research on the subject of the history of imprisonment in … Continue reading

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Book Review: Prison: Five Hundred Years Of Life Behind Bars

Prison:  Five Hundred Years Of Life Behind Bars, by Edward Marston For the most part, this book was a serviceable (if somewhat biased) book about the history of British prisons.  The book itself seemed to think that the reader would … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Gulag Archipelago: Volume III

The Gulag Archipelago:  Volume III, by Alexandr Solzhenitsyn This third volume closes the massive and sprawling work by Solzhenitsyn on the gulag, and brings with it a certain melancholy sense of frustration and futility on the part of both the … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Gulag Archipelago: Volume II

The Gulag Archipelago:  Volume II, by Alexandr Solzhenitsyn Like its predecessor, this volume contains two parts of the author’s sprawling saga about life in the Soviet gulags.  And while this book does not make for enjoyable reading in the sense … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Gulag Archipelago: Volume I

The Gulag Archipelago:  An Experiment In Literary Investigation:  Volume I, by Alexsandr I. Solzhenitsyn This book is without a doubt a classic, and it is one that I have been familiar with for a long time, but which I only … Continue reading

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Book Review: Those Who Labor For My Happiness

Those Who Labor For My Happiness:  Slavery At Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, by Lucia Stanton Lucia Stanton is one of the most noted scholars of slavery as it relates to Thomas Jefferson (it is a very small world), and this book … Continue reading

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You Have Watched Me Safe In Your Anonymity

For deeply personal reasons, I have long found that I greatly enjoy many of the songs by British synth pop artist Howard Jones [1].  Among those songs is “The Prisoner,” where the singer/songwriter compares being photographed to being imprisoned within … Continue reading

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On The Asymmetry Between Government And Self-Government

Recently I have read five books in a Jane Austen continuation series that bother me on a fundamental level.  There is something deeply broken about the worldview of the author, in that she assumes that anyone who is a principled … Continue reading

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The Prisoners: A Prose Poem

Nobody here ever deserved to be a prisoner in their own eyes, a man said to me.  He was dressed rather nicely, so I thought he must be on the prison staff.  When I asked him, he said that he … Continue reading

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