Re: Didn't need no welfare state (Was: Re: news...)

Date: Sun Apr 23 2000 - 08:43:14 MDT

In a message dated 4/19/00 2:55:56 PM Central Daylight Time, writes:

> One comedian had the best idea I have ever heard. Make inmates peddle bikes
> all day and night to provide electricity for the whole nation. No one will
> 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". 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.

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