Aperiomics is a system I thought of in 1989, I’ve been working on it mainly privately since then but am now starting to publish it. More detailed of it are found at Aperiomics.org, it is based on 12 mathematical principles of chaos and randomness that combine to explain events in war, economics, crime, sociology, evolution, etc.
People are welcome to read, they can correspond with me at email@example.com.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Mass Incarceration and Criminal Justice in America : The New Yorker
Six million people are under correctional supervision in the U.S.—more than were in Stalin’s gulags. Photograph by Steve Liss.
prison is a trap for catching time. Good reporting appears often about
the inner life of the American prison, but the catch is that American
prison life is mostly undramatic—the reported stories fail to grab us,
because, for the most part, nothing happens. One day in the life
of Ivan Denisovich is all you need to know about Ivan Denisovich,
because the idea that anyone could live for a minute in such
circumstances seems impossible; one day in the life of an American
prison means much less, because the force of it is that one day
typically stretches out for decades. It isn’t the horror of the time at
hand but the unimaginable sameness of the time ahead that makes prisons
unendurable for their inmates. The inmates on death row in Texas are
called men in “timeless time,” because they alone aren’t serving time:
they aren’t waiting out five years or a decade or a lifetime. The basic
reality of American prisons is not that of the lock and key but that of
the lock and clock.
In Aperiomics the I-O police can penalize people with time or energy. Time can be taken from people as a penalty by incarceration or execution, also in go slow impediments like checking in with parole officers and losing a driving license. Energy can be penalized as well, prisoners might be denied exercise an confinement prevents people from expending energy in doing things they would like. For example a highly energetic Iv agent jailed for a year might lose the amount of energetic work he would have done in that year, this is a bigger penalty to him than to a Bi criminal who would not have been doing much with his time anyway. Iv then fears losing the use of his energy, Bi people fear the loss of their time.
why no one who has been inside a prison, if only for a day, can ever
forget the feeling. Time stops. A note of attenuated panic, of watchful
paranoia—anxiety and boredom and fear mixed into a kind of enveloping
fog, covering the guards as much as the guarded. “Sometimes I think this
whole world is one big prison yard, / Some of us are prisoners, some of
us are guards,” Dylan sings, and while it isn’t strictly true—just ask
the prisoners—it contains a truth: the guards are doing time, too.
most privileged, professional people, the experience of confinement is a
mere brush, encountered after a kid’s arrest, say. For a great many
poor people in America, particularly poor black men, prison is a
destination that braids through an ordinary life, much as high school
and college do for rich white ones.
scale and the brutality of our prisons are the moral scandal of
American life. Every day, at least fifty thousand men—a full house at
Yankee Stadium—wake in solitary confinement, often in “supermax” prisons
or prison wings, in which men are locked in small cells, where they see
no one, cannot freely read and write, and are allowed out just once a
day for an hour’s solo “exercise.”