Talking Points Memo reveals the real conspiracy in Hardin, Montana–and it’s a lot scarier than the specter of devil-worshipping international plutocrats locking up Anglo-Saxon American gun owners and applying experimental flu vaccines to their already over-fluoridated genes. It’s scarier because 1) It’s true, 2) It’s legal, and 3) It’s the real face of “privatization”–yet another example of the way that those who have the means and the political access already get more and more of what they don’t deserve, and get it from the people who can least afford it. It’s a system that benefits from America’s obscene and unconscionable rate of incarceration, even if no one actually ends up occupying the prisons that it builds. It’s not the government stealing, exactly–it’s the government enabling and encouraging and abetting the private sector to steal from its citizens and itself. It’s the system that enabled Blackwater to reap billions in no-bid federal largess in Iraq; it’s the system that rewarded big banks for failing and that’s poised to allow private insurers to dictate the terms of health care reform. The MSM is finally starting to cover this story, but more as a joke than the scandal and the tragedy that it truly is.