"What people want"?

Doug Henwood dhenwood at panix.com
Thu Feb 18 08:19:28 PST 1999

Carl Remick wrote:

>The contention that Americans "apparently want freedom" is embedded in
>irony six feet thick. Consider, for instance, Alexander Cockburn's
>comment (in the current NY Press, concerning Kenneth Starr & Co.) about
>the rise of the "proscecutorial state" in the USA: "Judge Richard
>Posner said in 1995 that the U.S. 'criminalizes more conduct than most,
>many any, non-Islamic nations.'"

That quote leapt out at me too. Posner is a harcore libertarian, right? But is what he says true? What does the U.S. criminalize that other countries don't?


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