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Tail Wagging the Dog

A special panel of federal judges tentatively ruled Monday that California must release tens of thousands of inmates to relieve overcrowding.

The three judges suggested a target prison population of between 100,800 and 121,000 inmates — down from the current level of about 158,000.


Problem: too many crimes, leading to too many prisoners.

“Solution”: in effect, redefine what is a crime, so that you can have fewer prisoners.

This is the tail wagging the dog: the means, prisons, have become the ends, where the ends normally should be things like “public safety.”

It’s one way civilizations decline, this reversal of means and ends, which also brings reversal of cause and effect.

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