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

By Angela Y. Davis

Revelations approximately U.S regulations and practices of torture and abuse have captured headlines ever because the breaking of the Abu Ghraib felony tale in April 2004. because then, a debate has raged concerning what's and what's now not appropriate habit for the world’s major democracy. it truly is inside of this context that Angela Davis, one in all America’s such a lot impressive political figures, gave a chain of interviews to debate resistance and legislation, institutional sexual coercion, politics and legal. Davis talks approximately her personal incarceration, in addition to her reviews as "enemy of the state," and approximately having been wear the FBI’s "most wanted" checklist. She talks concerning the the most 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 latest disclosures concerning the disavowed "chain of command," and the formal studies by means of the crimson go and Human Rights Watch denouncing U.S. violation of human rights and the legislation of conflict in Guantánamo, Afghanistan and Iraq, Davis specializes in the underpinnings of legal regimes within the usa.

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The m<9or political conclusion that I draw from the analysis European project. In these conditions, Europe could-should tion will have to be overcome one way or another, whether by To reconcile loyalty to liberalism submitting to Washington's demands (which a difIcrent set of autoIlomy for Europe or for the States that make up Europe leaders than the ones surrounding BushJr. could "facilitate" by remains the ol~ective of certain fractions of the European politi­ the adoption ofless arrogant attitudes) or by a true rupture cal classes who are anxious to preserve the exclusive position of which would put an end to Atlanticism.

Killed each other, manipulated by the dominant a socialist ideology themselves. They share the totally dominant classes with complete cynicism. liberal ideology with the rest of the society. They continue to The entire difference between the ideology of the United States struggle on the fixed and limited field of demands that do not and that of England or Canada, for example, has its origin here. challenge liberalism. In a sense, they are "postmodernist" and Protestant Europe-England, Germany, the Netherlands, Scandi­ have always been so.

Nomic and technological backwardness in relation to the United States, or at least has the means to do so. In addition, the "Soviet enemy" (and its possible communist allies inside certain Euro­ pean societies) no longer exists. } And will they do so? The "pro-Europeans" (or, as we might call them, Europeanists of principle) are divided into four fairly different gTOUpS: 92 THE LIBERAL VIRUS 1) Those who defend the liberal optiOll and accept the leadership of the THE CHALLENGE OF LIBERALISM TODAY 93 fear of communism, today the unconditional defenders lective imperialism of the Triad believe it necessary to support United States, almost without condition.

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