Abuse – yes, I endured emotional and some physical abuse as a child. I experienced more – substantially more – as a inmate in the L.A. County jail – and then the lawyers I was given could best be described as generally being between callous and deprived indifferent. Abuse has been integrated into our system of government – and denying and covering up abuse has become common. Len Downie Jr, in his 1973 book, Justice Denied (self-published in Great Britain) claims the plea bargain system began in New York City, shortly after Miranda v. Arizona (384 U.S. 436; 1966). At the time, many attorneys refused to use it, considering it unethical. At first, it was used solely in the most serious cases. However, in 1982 Los Angeles began using it routinely. The conviction rate soared from 81% in 1981 to 98.6% in 1988, falling to only 96% in 1997 when the State of California stopped publishing The California Criminal Justice Profile. It is at least possible that publication stopped due to the letters I sent to various elected and non-elected officials in both Los Angeles and Sacramento. While Gideon v. Wainwright (372 U.S. 335; 1963) established the right to an attorney for indigent defendants, Miranda expanded when an attorney would be required as well as spawning many concerns such as inadequate funding and training of attorneys, excessive workloads and conflicts of interest. In my book, Liberty and Mental Health – You Can’t Have One Without the Other, I make arguments against Miranda, as well as Frazier v. Cupp (394 U.S. 731; 1969) which permits police to lie to the public just about any time they want, Imbler v. Pachtman (424 U.S. 409; 1976) which encourages malicious prosecutions and Bordenkircher v. Hayes (434 US 357; 1978) which permits the prosecutor to blackmail defendants. – Then there is Economics – Did you realize that catastrophes work to increase GNP – which every politician will tell you is good for the economy and the American people. That is because only the money that goes into the affected area is counted – the losses from the destruction isn’t. (See Buddhist Economics by Clair Brown for more on this) Additionally Geoffrey Heal, in his book – Endangered Economies: How the Neglect of Nature Threatens Our Prosperity, however argues that the need is to return to capitalist fundamentals where the true cost of products and services need to be factored in, including environmental costs. His main focus is on externalities – situations whereby actions impose a cost, yet the cost isn’t taken into account. He contends that we in the cities have gotten so far away from the natural world which we are totally dependent that we will see catastrophic environmental change unless changes are made to our economic systems. Like it or not, we are the cutting edge which has the potential to lead the world (especially the U.S.) back to sanity. More about this in my new play – Sugar Daddies – Rehearsals to start in a week or so.