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"Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose..."

I've often said that Massachusetts is one of the least free places to live. Not only is it incredibly expensive to live there, based largely on taxes, fees, and whatnot, but the level of state regulation and control is, to my way of thinking, bordering on the obscene. It would be an exaggeration to use the term "everything not forbidden is mandatory," but that is the general trend.

But I have found an island of freedom in the Bay State. One segment of the Massachusetts population that is far freer than the general populace. And, naturally, this being Massachusetts, they have taken that freedom and twisted it into its degenerate form, license and anarchy. Where they can act however they like, without fear of any sort of repercussions or consequences, regardless of whoever else's rights, freedoms, or safety they affect.

I refer, of course, to the Massachusetts penal system.

Inmates in Massachusetts may be confined, but they have very few real restrictions on their conduct behind bars. They can pursue careers in writing pornography, playing on their fame as convicted sex offenders. They can assault guards with whatever bodily fluids they like, without fear of any sort of serious repercussions. And if they're already serving a life sentence, they can murder guards or other inmates, safe in the knowledge that there is literally nothing worse the state can or will do to them. In fact, it could almost be considered a move up -- instead of spending every day in their cell, they get to go to court for their trial on the new offense. It's a nice change of scenery.

Most corrective behavior operates on the carrot and stick principle -- if you behave, you get a reward; if you don't, you get punished. In Massachusetts, they have abandoned the stick,and are surprised when people who don't care for carrots act up.


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So much for James Q. Wilson's influence in the Northeast. Didn't he move out West?




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