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Dinesh D’Souza Explains what He Learned in Prison


The brilliant conservative Dinesh D’Souza was railroaded into confinement center a while back because of his political activism. Yes, he broke the law, but his crime was donating money to a candidate under the names of other people (his candidate lost); his fellow inmates were in for things like murder, burglary and drug smuggling. Around the time that D’Souza pled guilty, Townhall reminded us that while D’Souza was facing prison, former Democrat Presidential candidate John Edwards was still a free man, though Edwards’ crimes were FAR greater.

(It’s not an excuse, what D’Souza did was against the law, it’s just an observation.)

D’Souza is finally out and getting reacclimated to life as a free man and he made an appearance on Fox News’ the Kelly File with Megyn Kelly to discuss what he’ll do next. The most interesting portion of the conversation may have been their discussion about what D’Souza learned while incarcerated.

He learned that the “big” criminals, the “real” crime lords, you might say, can’t be found in a prison. They are all out here living with the rest of us because the system can’t get them. In fact, they real bad guys ARE the system.


“…that the big criminals are out there. They’re at large, they are so powerful that the system can’t get them — in fact, they are the system. So I found this to be a very provocative and interesting idea.”




Dinesh D’Souza: I was a bit surprised when I got into the confinement center to recognize that it was the whole gamut of criminals, from murderers and burglars, people who had been bringing people across the border, drug smugglers. 
Megyn Kelly: People like you who made illegal campaign donations. 

Dinesh D’Souza: It was a pretty rough crowd. But on the other hand, after an initial period of caution in which I kept to myself, I tried to figure out if there were gangs going on in there. I tried to figure out how I would survive over eight months of sleeping with, if you say, hoodlums.

But then after a while I figured it out, I began to talk to them and learn about their lives, I was kind of in a very unusual position few people find themselves in. Almost like an anthropologist in a strange land, there was a lot to learn.

Megyn Kelly: You say a lot of the guys in there, even like murderers consider themselves to be small fries. Why?

Dinesh D’Souza: Well there is a kind of shamelessness among the criminals, we want them to accept that what they did was wrong, and interestingly most of these people do. It is not like the Shawshank Redemption where they all think they are innocent, no they admit what they did is wrong, but they also have this view, kind of an ideology you might say, that they are the small fry — that the big criminals are out there. 

They’re at large, they are so powerful that the system can’t get them — in fact, they are the system. So I found this to be a very provocative and interesting idea.


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Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Romulus Marketing. He's also the managing editor at, and the managing partner at You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children.

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