Abolition Democracy: Beyond Empire, Prisons, and Torture by Angela Y. Davis

By Angela Y. Davis

Revelations approximately U.S rules and practices of torture and abuse have captured headlines ever because the breaking of the Abu Ghraib legal tale in April 2004. because then, a debate has raged concerning what's and what's now not applicable habit for the world’s prime democracy. it's inside of this context that Angela Davis, certainly one of America’s such a lot impressive political figures, gave a sequence of interviews to debate resistance and legislations, institutional sexual coercion, politics and criminal. Davis talks approximately her personal incarceration, in addition to her stories as "enemy of the state," and approximately having been wear the FBI’s "most wanted" checklist. She talks concerning the an important position that overseas activism performed in her case and the case of many different political prisoners.

Throughout those interviews, Davis returns to her critique of a democracy that has been compromised via its racist origins and associations. Discussing the newest disclosures concerning the disavowed "chain of command," and the formal studies by way of the crimson move and Human Rights Watch denouncing U.S. violation of human rights and the legislation of battle in Guantánamo, Afghanistan and Iraq, Davis specializes in the underpinnings of legal regimes within the usa.

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Indd 28 5/24/13 8:04 AM chapter 2 Supply-Chain Tourist; or, How Globalization Has Transformed the Labor Question I’m not much of a tourist, but I’m proud to think that I have visited what are, arguably, the three most important nodes of capitalist production during the last hundred years. When I toured the huge Ford production complex at River Rouge during the winter of 1978, “Detroit,” as both organizational metaphor and industrial city, was already well past its prime. But the world of classical Fordism still cast an impressive shadow across the economic landscape and the social imagination.

Steel in their heyday. But Wal-Mart owns no factories either in the United States or East Asia; it does not even own or operate the container ships or the four-million-square-foot San Bernardino distribution center that is so crucial to the transshipment of the billions of dollars in consumer products that leave Hong Kong and Shenzhen each month, destined for sale on a million Wal-Mart shelves in more than four thousand North American discount stores. Wal-Mart is not General Motors; there are no unions, most employees are women, and the company manufacturers nothing.

The giant retailers of our day, Wal-Mart first among them, “pull” production out of their far-flung network of vendors. The manufacturers no longer “push” it onto the retailer or the consumer. Or to extend the metaphor, the nearly continuous stream of container ships that move between Shenzhen and the Long Beach/Los Angeles port complex are “pulled” across the Pacific, not “pushed” by the Chinese manufacturers who stuff their product into nearly half a million forty-foot containers each year. Moreover “pull” production requires speed, predictability, and accuracy in the delivery of goods.

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