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The Definitive Book on the Police-State,
This review is from: Lockdown America: Police and Prisons in the Age of Crisis (Paperback)
This is the best book I've ever read that deals with the burgeoning police state in the United States. Parenti ranges far and wide by giving a sound structural analysis as to why police and their paramilitary style tactics have oversaturated our streets.
Economics and politics are often at the crux of most social problems. Parenti understands this and gives the reader an intellectually fascinating and stimulating journey documenting just how our country has been transformed over the last 30 years into a civil libertarian's nightmare.
As Lockdown America demonstrates, the "social dynamite" and "social junk" must be quartered and corralled by the ruling class, otherwise the economic elites would be forced to routinely put down rebellions and riots. Given this reality, the new American prison boom is dealt with by Parenti along with a myriad of other criminal justice (sic) issues.
As mentioned above, the most astute and gratifying aspect of the book is the manner in which it intelligently ties a politico-economic critique into its analysis of criminal justice (sic).
Go beyond nonsense television programs that purport to deal with crime and society by devouring Parenti's magnificent book.