Chris Hedges: No Discussion of Race Is Possible Without A Discussion of Capitalism and Class

Chris Hedges: No Discussion of Race Is Possible Without A Discussion of Capitalism and Class

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Update: Video has been replaced.

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Oct 16, 2017

Alex Vitale, author of The End of Policing and Professor of Sociology and Coordinator of the Policing & Social Justice Project at Brooklyn College, discusses the origins of modern policing and how to prevent law enforcement from stripping away citizens’ rights. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the expansion of police powers.

from the archives:

Race v. Class? More Brilliant Bourgeois Bullshit from Ta-Nehesi Coates by Paul Street

Abby Martin: From 1776 to Trump: White Mobs, Racist Heroes and Hidden History

Chris Hedges and Ajamu Baraka: It’s Been A Bipartisan Effort To Control the Populations of People of Color

Chris Hedges: Shackled and Chained in Capitalist America

Chris Hedges: The History of Oppression of African Americans

Jeff Sessions’ Green Light To Police Violence by Brian Bean

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13 thoughts on “Chris Hedges: No Discussion of Race Is Possible Without A Discussion of Capitalism and Class

  1. Pingback: Abby Martin: Trump Expands Police-State Crackdown on the Left – Dandelion Salad

  2. It’s about privatization of the military/police/technology complex and big $$$$.
    Yes, the globalization, privatization and criminalization of the poor started and got ramped up under Clinton and the neo liberals during the 90’s. Hardly anyone from the “comfortable progressive left” was paying attention. Besides the annual National Defense Authorization Acts, there was the Crime Bill of 1994/96; the Anti Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act also of 1996; and the 1996 Welfare “Deform” Act and Telecommunications Act. All of this dismantling the social safety net as well as dismantling regulations and corporatizing and criminalizing the social system and giving carte blanche to the tech companies.
    And yes, David, it is everywhere…I live in a so called progressive metropolitan area of SF Bay and the police and sheriff’s dept. are so equipped. And….it is used against all poor low economic people…regardless of color. People with disabilities are inordinately and disproportionately attacked.

    • Thanks Ryna. It seems to me that this extreme policing model has grown exponentially since 9/11, with operational methodologies adopted from the Israeli modus operandi.

      Life in the US has become so fraught with widespread endemic problems, but as Lo suggests, probably some communities are doing much better than others. I take heart from the successes enjoyed by the Transition Town movement, that started here in Devon and other related initiatives like community supported agriculture, permaculture start-ups, guerrilla gardening, business co-ops and so on…

      • Hi David, Yes, it has grown exponentially since 9/11 but the templates for all the legislation started in the 90’s. For example, the precursor to the Patriot Act was the 1996 Anti-terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act. You will find under the ATEFDPA where “detentions” and stopping people without cause was “legalized”.

  3. Very interesting conversation, especially the background history on Robert Peel and so on.

    In the UK we have come a long way toward a culture of accountability in recent years; while the inexorably militarized US ‘law and order’ regime looks more and more like overt and blatant criminal tyranny.

    Surely it can’t be that extreme in all States of the Union, can it? That said, I’ve never felt comfortable or relaxed in the US. Dare we call this ‘civilization?’

    ….the last ten minutes are missing Lo, so I listened to the complete conversation on the RT website….

    • Yes, that’s why I wrote this at the top of the post:

      “Interview is cut off at the end. Will replace the video when RT America replaces theirs. ~ DS”

      RT America is working on this right now as they have taken this video down. And I will replace it as soon as it becomes available.

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