There is no such person as a “criminal” in American society.  Only what I am to describe as a dispossessed individual persecuted for his or her indiscretion that is commensurate to the capitalist spirit of this nation. Once defined as “a person with predatory instincts who has not the capital to form a corporation,” Howard Scott provided what ultimately distinguishes the criminal from the just.  To this end, Attorney Clarence Darrow (1857-1938) explained to the prisoners of Cook County Illinois:  

Some so-called criminals-and I use this word because it is handy, it means nothing to me-I speak of the criminals who get caught as distinguished from the criminals who catch them-some of these so-called criminals are in jail for their first offenses, but the nine-tenths of you are in jail because you did not have a good lawyer, and, of course, you did not have a good lawyer because you did not have enough money to pay a good lawyer.  There is no very great danger of a rich man going to jail.   

That said, my only crime was being without resource enough to free myself of the predator’s web once ensnared.  Stun by the venom of poverty, it has seized authority over my being having fashioned my image as prey (i.e., the criminal).  It has capitalized on that which it has created in me.  Ironically, it then justifies my punishment in face of its criminal past. Here it is white America got a 400 plus year pass to commit crimes against the indigenous people of the Americas and African slaves. Yet a Black man can’t get pass the one!  This confuses me so.  Yet, I struggle to free myself of the contradictions of this beast-America, land of the free, home of the incarcerated!

In this struggle for freedom and understanding of the contradictions of this country, especially those within its system of criminal justice, my studies have directed me to the roots of its national character.  Here, I have gained some insight as to why, in practice, this nation lives in stark contradiction of its ideals. That these contradictions exist I have concluded was a given considering many early American settlers were literally criminals and vagrants of the sort England and other European countries had banished to its shores. The punitive transportation of large numbers of people from England, for example, facilitated the initial colonization of Georgia. This fact seemingly escaped the pages of American history I was provided with from K-12 for obvious reasons. From this one can reasonably conclude the original Thirteen Colonies were established and governed by less than honest men.  When considering, for example, the corrupt and destructive pillars upon which they built this nation, and what to many remains at the heart of America’s endeavor to remain a global superpower, this becomes an inescapable truth.  For the government they have been praised for creating we must remain mindful was developed in the infancy of African slavery, Native genocide and outright theft of their lands, and the oppression of women and poor whites. America has an ideological interest in suppressing any memory of these atrocities. It is done not simply out of shame of its criminal history, but rather on account of the need to distract from the fact that the Game remains the same only the tactics have changed.  

Since the day America’s so-called Founders reined over the continent, nothing has changed.  The spirit of the nation’s character they gave life to-that someone’s, some country’s, or some class or race of people have to be oppressed or destroyed in order to fulfill the American Dream-has trickled down from one generation to the next as their fellow classmen have created one oppressive vice after another.  This spirit, unquestionably, has come to bear upon and encourage the nation’s criminal element.

That said, the people deemed crooks today were yesterday’s Founding Fathers whose rogue spirit has been immortalized and embodied in the American cultural experience.  What then does this say of the nation’s beloved Constitution?  With this framing document America’s Founders set forth a pretentious republic that allowed for them to shield themselves and their descendants from criminal reproach.  By seizing the reins of statesmanship and the legislative control it bestowed upon them, they came into possession of the power-the official power of the government-to shape the distorted concepts of justice, freedom, liberty and the lot of other exaggerated ideals cast about society’s conscience.  In doing so they fouled the womb of Lady Liberty with seeds of nepotism. For the Constitution and the laws that have came of it were what Rousseau aptly described as “an invention of the strong to chain and rule the weak.” The law as the Founders practiced it was devoid of the merest morality. Where they pillaged and killed, the Constitution would provide them a banner of protection by objectifying Africans, indigenous people and criminalizing those who sought to follow in their footsteps.

This was the genius of this document.  The laws it fostered became their most effective tool of propaganda.  They simply distorted the conscience of their fellows by allowing for their atrocities to be interpreted not as crimes against humanity, rather acts of patriotism righteously wielded against chattel, savages, and criminals.  This is the power to which Locke spoke to where writing: “Great robbers punish little ones to keep them in their obedience; but the great ones are rewarded with laurels and triumphs, because they are to big for the weak hands of justice in this world, and have the power in their own possession which should punish offenders.” From this one can easily take away the fact that freedom, justice, liberty, and the lot of those other pretentious ideals are what power says they are….

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Ivan Kilgore is the now published author of Domestic Genocide: The Institutionalization of Society. Friend him at Facebook/Ivan You can contact him directly at:
California State Prison Sacramento,
Ivan Kilgore, No. V31306,
P.O. Box 290066,
Represa, Ca 95671.


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