By Chris Hayes
New York Times best-selling writer and Emmy Award–winning information anchor Chris Hayes argues that there are rather Americas: a Colony and a Nation.
America loves to inform itself that it inhabits a postracial global, but approximately each empirical measure―wealth, unemployment, incarceration, university segregation―reveals that racial inequality has slightly more desirable when you consider that 1968, while Richard Nixon grew to become our first “law and order” president. With the readability and originality that distinctive his prescient bestseller, Twilight of the Elites, Chris Hayes upends our nationwide dialog on policing and democracy in a booklet of wide-ranging ancient, social, and political analysis.
Hayes contends our state has fractured in : the Colony and the kingdom. within the kingdom, we venerate the legislation. within the Colony, we obsess over order, worry trumps civil rights, and competitive policing resembles career. A Colony in a Nation explains how a rustic based on justice now seems like anything uncomfortably with regards to a police kingdom. How and why did americans construct a process the place stipulations in Ferguson and West Baltimore reflect those who sparked the yank Revolution?
A Colony in a Nation examines the surge in crime that all started within the Nineteen Sixties and peaked within the Nineteen Nineties, and the unheard of decline that undefined. Drawing on close-hand reporting at flashpoints of racial clash, in addition to deeply own reports with policing, Hayes explores cultural touchstones, from the influential “broken home windows” idea to the “squeegee males” of late-1980s long island, to teach how worry explanations us to make harmful and unlucky offerings, either in our society and on the own point. With nice empathy, he seeks to appreciate the demanding situations of policing groups haunted through the omnipresent probability of weapons. most vital, he exhibits extra democratic and sympathetic justice method already exists―in a spot we least suspect.
A Colony in a Nation is an important book―searing and insightful―that will reframe our brooding about legislations and order within the years to come.
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A place controlled from outside rather than within. A place where the mechanisms of representation don’t work enough to give citizens a sense of ownership over their own government. A place where the law is a tool of control rather than a foundation for prosperity. A political regime like the one our Founders inherited and rejected. An order they spilled their blood to defeat. THIS BOOK MAKES A simple argument: that American criminal justice isn’t one system with massive racial disparities but two distinct regimes.
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