Acácio Augusto draws on Foucault to develop a perspective encompassing the police not only as a technology of control, but also as part of the subjective construct of contemporary citizenship, in other words, the ways of making, thinking, and imagining of the subject of today’s security democracy: the citizen-cop.
Reflecting on the trial of Derek Chauvin, Nicholas De Genova interrogates the white masculinist culture of violence that surrounds policing in the US.
Community self-defense requires the capacity to respond to any and all challenges to its safety and self-determination – which requires gaining control over the resources currently consumed by police departments.
Omedi Ochieng discusses the police’s role as a counterinsurgent force, and the impact this has on how radical movements can meaningfully pursue police abolition.
Dan Berger argues that Trump wielded his pardon power for the same reason governors have largely refused it: to defend mass incarceration and the political-economic inequalities it upholds.
Jack Norton and David Stein respond to John Clegg and Adaner Usmani’s argument that mass incarceration isn’t a product of racism. The authors’ argument, they demonstrate, is both conceptually misguided and empirically wrong.
Kim Moody takes on class reductionist accounts of police violence.
Peter Ikeler demolishes Dustin Guastella’s recent article arguing that socialists should oppose the defunding of police. Against this reactionary nonsense, he advocates a properly socialist and abolitionist politics.
A member of an emergent radical caucus in CUNY’s PSC advocates expelling cop unions from all labor federations.
Gerald Smith speaks at today’s Juneteenth West Coast port shutdown against racist police violence, continuing the ILWU’s long history of waging anti-racist struggles as class struggles.