Slow-Motion Sins

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At The New Yorker, Adam Gopnik follows up on his recent piece about America’s prisons, delving deeper into the moral issues surrounding mass incarceration.

“The moral failings of advanced liberal societies, not least this one, tend to be slow-motion sins. We don’t stone the adulterer or hang the sodomite or massacre the restive inner-city residents. We allow the atmosphere to be filled with greenhouse gases; we allow the hypertrophic growth of inequality; we let the prison population grow to the size of a megalopolis. And the key is that there’s no particular moment when they happened, no single event to expose and decry. “

(Via The Daily Beast)


Lisa Dusenbery is the former managing editor of The Rumpus. More from this author →