The Military-Industrial-Prison-Security-Border Complex


‘On behalf of the United States and its society, an elite sector of the United States is allowed to kill and torture with impunity—while expecting gratitude for the safety it “ensures.” A quick survey reveals death sentences meted out by state courts, federal courts, and military courts, and internationally by military drones that target both U.S. citizens and non-citizens. The extra-judicial killings by bureaucratic appendages of the state include police shootings, jail cell deaths, and deputized whiteness despatching black teens. Physical deaths or killings coexist with devastating “penalties”…for deviance, mundane drug offenses, property theft, and tragic assaults. Finally, there are the punishments against rebellions.’

Joy James

‘Life and Other Responsibilities’ in Death and Other Penalties: Philosophy in a Time of Mass Incarceration Ed. Geoffrey Adelsberg, Lisa Guenther and Scott Zeman (Fordham University Press 2015, vii).

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