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High-Tech Lynching

A technocratic form of repression that propagandizes subtle and blatant forms of intolerance to buttress social, economic and political terrorism of persons whose lives have been colored by differences of race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, faith, and ethnicity. It is the mechanization of monopolies of violence (the power of the state) with the aim and purpose of subjecting civil and human rights to ‘rule by law‘ as opposed to ‘rule of law‘. The scope of this repression encompasses society en masse as a means of obfuscating targeting mechanisms calibrated to vulnerabilities that are unique to lives colored by difference, poverty and various forms of imposed powerlessness.

When Does A Lynching Matter? When It’s “High-Tech.”

“. . .actual anti-lynching legislation referred to “an assemblage composed of three or more persons acting in concert for the purpose of depriving any person of his life without authority of law as a punishment for or to prevent the commission of some actual or supposed public offense,” because it wouldn’t have made much sense to write a law prohibiting the extrajudicial killing of black people only if a rope is involved.” – Adam Serwer, Mother Jones

Forcing Black Men Out of Society – NYT: Editorial Board 4-25-15

A technocratic form of repression that propagandizes subtle and blatant forms of intolerance to buttress social, economic and political terrorism of persons whose lives have been colored by differences of race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, faith, and ethnicity. It is the mechanization of monopolies of violence (the power of the state) with the aim and purpose of subjecting civil and human rights to ‘rule by law‘ as opposed to ‘rule of law‘. (The Magna Carta at 800) The scope of this repression encompass society en masse as a means of obfuscating targeting mechanisms calibrated to vulnerabilities that are unique to lives colored by difference, poverty and various forms of imposed powerlessness.

Stop Revering Magna Carta – By Tom Ginsburgjune

Why Has The Magna Carta Lasted?

The Rule of History
Magna Carta, the Bill of Rights, and the hold of time.

The Hidden History of Privacy
Jill Lepore discusses our evolving attitudes toward surveillance, secrets, and privacy.

The Panopticon Paradox

When an enemy can be anywhere, the state looks everywhere. So how can it infringe on privacy nowhere?

Thurgood Marshall’s Prescient Warning: Don’t Gut the 4th Amendment
by Conor-Friedersdorf

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Major Ruling Shields Privacy of Cellphones
Supreme Court Says Phones Can’t Be Searched Without a Warrant

by Adam Liptakjune June 25,2014

Is the NSA’s Spying Constitutional? It Depends Which Judge You Ask .
by Andrew Cohen

N.S.A. Gathers Data on Social Connections of U.S. Citizens

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The NSA Panel’s Pointless Private-Sector Fig Leaf

Turning phone-metadata collection over to telephone companies or a third party introduces new security risks without meaningfully addressing civil-liberties concerns.”

The sledgehammer justice of mandatory minimum sentences
By George F. Will

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Going into the project, Edwards suspected the numbers might be bad. But not this bad. “We knew about racial disparities in New York,” he tells me. “We didn’t expect to find racial disparities everywhere, urban and rural, 49 of the 50 states.” (Only Hawaii had a nearly even black-white arrest rate.) The war on marijuana, Edwards says, “has been a war on people of color.” – Rolling Stone

Last December, my colleague David Brooks noted that police unions are resisting change on every issue where police reform might be contemplated, from body cameras for officers to reversing the militarization of local law enforcement.NYT: Ross Douthat

How America Lost the War on Drugs

After thirty-five years and $500 billion, drugs are as cheap and plentiful as ever. An anatomy of a failure – Rolling Stone

Police Armored Vehicle Is Unwelcome in California College Town
By Adam Nagourney

Rampant Prosecutorial Misconduct

In California over the last few decades, the correctional officers union first lobbied for a prison-building spree and then, well-entrenched, exercised veto power over criminal justice reform. – NYT: Ross Douthat

Investigation of the Ferguson Police Department

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Curriculum Vitae

Tom L. States PhD Candidate

Fields of Interest: Political Theory, International Relations, Marxist Political Economy

Research Topic: eRacism - Conflicts of Difference

Education History: Williams College, BA Political Science; New York University, MA Politics; York University PhD Candidate

Languages: English, German

Hometown: Greenwood, Mississippi

Words of Wisdom: “IT” is what you are when you are young. Your youth mistakes certainty of the few things that you think you know for knowledge of things that it takes a life time to understand. With time and a few life experiences “IT” becomes the thing you pursue to give your life meaning. Somewhere along the way of having or getting “IT” you ask yourself, ‘Is this “IT”? Panic sets in when you realize that “IT” is your life. Fear and insecurity is that feeling you get when “IT” has not been worth a life time.

Bookshelf

Harvey, David. Justice, Nature, and the Geography of Difference. New York: Longman, 1996.

Fanon, Frantz. Black Skin White Masks. Trans. Charles Lam Markmann. New York: Grove Press. 1967.

Cancian, Francesca M. Gender Politics: Love and Power in the Private and Public Spheres. Gender and the Life Course. Ed. Alice S. Rossi. New York: Aldine, 1985.

Sand, Shlomo. The Invention of the Jewish People. New York: Verso, 2009.

Lay, Shawn. The Invisible Empire In The West: Toward a New Historical Appraisal of the Ku Klux Klan of the 1920's. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2004.

Journal

Carothers, Thomas. Think Again: Civil Society. Foreign Policy Date, (Winter: 1999-2000).

Ober, Josiah. The original meaning of "democracy": Capacity to do things, not majority rule. Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics. American Political Science Association meetings, Philadelphia, (2006).