Chris Hedges and William Robinson: The Emergence Of The Global Police State

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

Originally on RT America on Apr 3, 2021

The Chris Hedges YouTube Channel on Jul 5, 2022

On the show this week, Chris Hedges discusses the emergence of the global police state with Professor William I. Robinson.

Robinson’s new book, The Global Police State, uses shocking data to reveal how far capitalism has become a system of repression. He argues the emerging megacities of the world are becoming the battlegrounds where the excluded and the oppressed face off against the global police state.

Robinson is Professor of Sociology, Global Studies, and Latin American Studies, at the University of California-Santa Barbara. Among his many award-winning books are Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Humanity (CUP, 2014) and We Will Not Be Silenced (Pluto, 2017).

Transcript here.

From the archives:

Capitalism Keeps Us Pacified As It Drags Us Ever Closer To Doom, by Rainer Shea

Warnings from Weimar + The Corporate State is Not Our Friend, by Kenn Orphan

Fight the Trumpism that will Outlast Trump

Don’t Let Up: Fascism Isn’t Dead Yet, by Pete Dolack

William Robinson: The Global Police State, Capitalism and 21st Century Fascism

William I. Robinson: The Impeachment Battle Is Really A Battle For Dominance Within The US Ruling Class, Part II

How U.S. Imperialism Is Exploiting The World’s Growing Crises by Rainer Shea + William I. Robinson: How Capitalism’s Structural and Ideological Crisis Gives Rise to Neo-Fascism (Part I)

17 thoughts on “Chris Hedges and William Robinson: The Emergence Of The Global Police State

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  12. Very good. Great interview. Totalitarian forces are identifiable by (their) unaccountable ideological determinism; any coordinated entity that weaponises dogma to wield authority is de facto fascist.

  13. “Another dubious first for America: We now employ as many private security guards as high school teachers — over one million of them, or nearly double their number in 1980.

    And that’s just a small fraction of what we call “guard labor.” In addition to private security guards, that means police officers, members of the armed forces, prison and court officials, civilian employees of the military, and those producing weapons: a total of 5.2 million workers in 2011. That is a far larger number than we have of teachers at all levels”

    Samuel Bowles and Arjun Jayadev

    If one includes ALL efforts to secure what one has, locks, security doors, alarms, etc Arjun Jayadev and Samuel Bowles concluded that 25% of U.S. effort goes into “guard labor.”

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