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Expressing Criticism of the Police State is Neither 'Liberal' or 'Conservative',
This review is from: Lockdown America: Police and Prisons in the Age of Crisis (Paperback)
That another reviewer could claim this book is 'a left wing rant' and 'against everything to the political right of Karl Marx' is simply, to use another word the reviewer likes, 'Inane'.
In fact Parenti expresses in his book the reality that America is now under a state of siege coordinated in the highest levels of Washington and operated on the ground by what used to be our local police agencies.
Consider this quote in reference to the militarized police in one California city: "If you're 21, male, living in one of these neighborhoods, and you're not in our computer, then there's definitely something wrong," said VCSU officer Paul Boyer. The obvious inference is EVERY single male living in one of the 'highlighted' neighborhoods should, by the time he's an adult, be included (with all his personal information) in a federal database. Any male NOT in the database is so immoral, so criminal, that he's managed to avoid the intense police sweeps. Does that sound 'left wing'? Hardly. In truth, there's no real difference for the man (or boy) on the street living under a fascist or communist dictatorship. That Americans can still be sucked into the phony 'left wing bad, right wing good' (or vice versa) paradigm devised by the political and banking opportunists only shows what a fantastic job television and the media has done to confuse and confound Americans.