Support Deregulation Without Being a Corporate Whore

By David Keptsi

In modern times it seems the majority of people will automatically label those that support deregulation as supporters of corporate opportunism. But Id rather present them with my reality, the one in which pro-libertarian deregulatory solutions can remedy the corporate favoring policies present within the current law code. My first example comes from an issue most college students who’ve taken a humanities class would recognize, the prison industrial complex. In the current system, privately run prisons can force prisoners to perform manual labor due to a clause in the thirteenth amendment that essentially allows involuntary servitude when it comes to people convicted of a crime. Even if you support involuntary servitude for people who committed a violent crime, around half the federal prison population is currently convicted for drug related offenses. And when it comes to removing a regulation like the federal prohibition of marijuana (where the rate of arrest for African Americans is significantly higher than Caucasians by a significant margin for the same drug related crimes) or even doing away with mandatory minimums, corporate interests will certainly not be happy.

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