Austin, Texas, comes under fire for running a modern-day debtors’ prison

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
By Paul Martin

by: L.J. Devon
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Liberal policies are destroying the will of the impoverished living in inner cities, holding them down with social programs that restrict their individual freedom to succeed. Socialist ideologies have caused many poor people to fall into a cycle of envy, teaching them to hate the rich, to despise success. It’s this ideology that traps many people into accepting a life of no passion or personal achievement. The rejection and disdain toward success and riches will always hold a person captive to poverty.

Perpetual and increasing taxation of entrepreneurial endeavors stifles the freedom and opportunity for the disadvantaged to overcome their poverty. In their dismay, the impoverished turn against the foundation of their cities and resort to thievery and even burning of businesses (Ferguson, Mo). A hate for authority builds.

As tensions rise, the energy of an authoritarian state grows more aggressive and discriminatory. Authoritarian, policing-for-profit schemes have become the way for cities to manage the chaos and it hurts the poor the most, sucking them dry and driving a deeper wedge in between the people.

Now municipal courts are holding people in “debtors’ prisons”because they are unable to pay the fines for petty offenses. This is the case in Austin, Texas, where a federal class action lawsuit is accusing the city of jailing poor people because they can’t pay traffic tickets. “Debtors’ prisons” lawsuits are popping up all over the US, from New Orleans to San Francisco to Jennings, Missouri in Saint Louis.

Policing for profit giving rise to modern day debtor’s prisons

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