Re: Didn't need no welfare state

From: Technotranscendence (
Date: Sun Apr 23 2000 - 14:02:04 MDT

On Sunday, April 23, 2000 7:43 AM Greg Burch wrote:
> > One comedian had the best idea I have ever heard. Make inmates peddle
> > all day and night to provide electricity for the whole nation. No one
> > ever want to go back after ten years of that.
> Ironically, this is precisely what was proposed by Jeremy Bentham, the
> "godfather" of "liberal progressivism".

One of the founding fathers of Utilitarianism.

> His ideal prison and "work house"
> plan called for prisoners and the indigent to work treadmills to produce
> power for industry (c. late 18th, early 19th century, when the idea was
> conceived). I believe the ideas was actually tried. As it turned out,
> Bentham's plans produced disastrous results.

Not that I'm for this whole idea, but what were the "disastrous results"?

Daniel Ust
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