- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Metropolitan Books; 1 edition (October 25, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0805092056
- ISBN-13: 978-0805092059
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With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful Hardcover – October 25, 2011
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About the Author
GLENN GREENWALD is the author of several best sellers, including How Would a Patriot Act? and With Liberty and Justice for Some. Acclaimed as one of the 25 most influential political commentators by The Atlantic and one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers for 2013 by Foreign Policy, Greenwald is a former constitutional law and civil rights attorney. He was a columnist for The Guardian until October 2013, and is now building a new media organization. He is a frequent guest on CNN, MSNBC, and various other television and radio outlets. Greenwald's NSA reporting in 2013 has won numerous awards, including the top investigative journalism award from the Online Journalism Association, the Esso Award for Excellence in Reporting (the Brazilian equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize), and the 2013 Pioneer Award from the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He was also the recipient of the first annual I.F. Stone Award for Independent Journalism in 2009, and the Online Journalism Association Award in 2010 for his investigative work on the arrest and detention of Bradley Manning. Greenwald is a frequent guest lecturer on college campuses and his work has appeared in many newspapers and political news magazines, including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and The American Conservative.
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Much of the book covers well tread territory, though. I've read books on all of these major topics from "Dirty Wars" to "The Big Short" that chronicle the terrifying rise of income inequality, totalitarian war powers, and unequal justice. Greenwald tends to scratch the surface on all these areas, rather than going into greater detail. Two-thirds of the book is dedicated to primarily the executive branch's wrongdoings, which felt frustrating. I expected there to be more emphasis on those most disenfranchised by the inequality.
Greenwald, as always, is a skillful writer and columnist. His words ring true and research proves his point: the justice system is broken, but we can improve it. Two stars removed due to the aforementioned points regarding novelty of coverage and depth for poorest classes who are suffering most.
Such hogwash. Read "Liberty and Justice for Some" and you will know this is not true (in case you missed the immunities granted to Wall Street and banks who defrauded the nation and brought us to our knees).
I lived through the events described in this book. I did not want to see the pattern that is so evident, but now I torture myself with the text because--unless we the not-powerful unite to change the judicial system someone we care about could be next.
That is why I wrote "Accidental Felon." I want readers who might not read Silverglate's" Three Felonies a Day" or "Liberty and Justice for Some" to know there is a two-tier system in our courts, the lower tier for most of us, and the higher tier for the elite who have tremendous power and are permitted to do anything--in violation of our Constitution.
This book makes it crystal clear.
from high school into prison, to keep the privatized prisons
full and profitable. Once they have "a record" they are never again eligible
for state or federal or municipal or most industry jobs. There are a permanent
Right now there are more black males in prison than were under slavery.
This is happening mostly under the radar, ignored even by major civil rights
Today, we are living with a Supreme Court decision, in Citizens United, that equates money with free speech -- and which essentially has resulted in legalized bribery in the form of campaign contributions to candidates for office: (S)he who gives, gets. And when criminality is exposed, high fliers who can afford the best lawyers rarely go to jail; those without the means to afford a good lawyer have little chance to prove innocence. Thus "With Liberty and Justice for Some."