Posts Tagged ‘War on Drugs’

Prisonhouse of Nations — How the Neoconservatives Made the USA the Biggest Jailer in History and What Can Be Done About IT

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

Prisonhouse of Nations recounts how neoconservatives, in pursuit of their political agenda, made the USA the biggest jailer in the world and examines the social consequences of mass incarceration.  It is the tale of a juggernaut that continues to ruin the lives of millions of individuals and countless families and undermine the most vulnerable communities in America.  The article also identifies specific objectives for dismantling the system.

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Dismantling the Prisonhouse of Nations: A Socialist Prison Reform Proposal — Comment

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

The United States deserves the title, the Prisonhouse of Nations[i] :

 

  • The US is also a world leader in executing its citizens, following only the repressive political regimes of China, Iran, and Saudi Arabia in the number of executions in 2008.  The US and Japan are the only states in the developed world that continue to impose capital punishment on their citizens. (http://www.amnesty.org/en/death-penalty)   

            Both of these repressive social practices — mass incarceration and the continuing use of the death penalty — are direct results of the reactionary US prison policies that have been in effect for the last 30 years.  This Socialist Prison Reform Proposal (SPRP) provides a starting point to reverse these trends of political repression and secure justice for working people in the US.

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The entire article, entitled Dismantling the Prisonhouse of Nations: A Socialist Prison Reform Proposal, is available online or as a pdf download at http://combatingglobalization.com.        

 


[i] The phrase “Prisonhouse of Nations” is borrowed from journalist and death-row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal’s latest book, Jailhouse Lawyers: Prisoners Defending Prisoners in the U.S.A. (San Francisco: City Light Books, 2009).  For a review of this important book go to http://combatingglobalization.com/articles/jailhouse_lawyers.html

Neoliberalism Needs Death Squads in Colombia — Comment

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

Hans Bennett’s Neoliberalism Needs Death Squads in Colombia adds an international dimension to From the Left.  Bennett’s review of Blood & Capital: The Paramilitarization of Colombia by Jasmin Hristov provides the background necessary to understand how neoliberal globalization has shaped the political landscape of Colombia.

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Globalization and the Incarceration of the Black Working Class — Comment

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Incarceration practices in the United States are egregious by any standards, and, although the issue is obscured by pundits and politicians, rigorous political analysis of national prison policy exposes the root of the issue.

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