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Week-end Wrap – Political Economy – September 17, 2023


  1. mago

    Let’s see. $700 per marginal Maui victim whose life’s been fractured and destroyed but billions for the T-shirt clad dick and his sponsors and cronies who trade and benefit from the death of humans and animals alike, not to mention extreme environmental degradation.
    Go team go. USA USA
    We’ll show “Them” what it’s like to win.

  2. Trinity

    We live in a society defined by deliberate violence.

    “In her book, Are Prisons Obsolete?, Davis writes, “Prisons do not disappear social problems, they disappear human beings. Homelessness, unemployment, drug addiction, mental illness, illiteracy are only a few of the problems that disappear from public view when the only human beings contending with them are relegated to cages.”

    In the same way that prisons do not disappear the problems they perpetuate, police may arrest people, but they do not stop crime. The system of policing works in tandem with the structures of incarceration to disappear people, but neither the police nor prisons disrupt the cycles of violence and trauma that create these issues in the first place.”

  3. different clue

    Prisons, police, prosecutors, courts etc. are all part of the Tough-On-Crime Industrial Complex. The TOC Industrial Complex needs a constant supply of fresh crime, fresh suspects, fresh convicts, etc. to stay in business. That means the TOC Industrial Complex has a vested interested in maintaining crime and keeping crime “crime-ing” to guarantee its meal tickets and its profits. And creating new “crimes” by passing new “laws” is part of its Crime Conservation self-preservation mission.

    The TOC Industrial Complex is a self-licking ice cream cone, or what some might call a self-wiping butt.

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