George L. Jackson on the Prison-Industrial Complex: Law, Order and Hegemony

“The ultimate expression of law is not order — it’s prison. There are hundreds upon hundreds of prisons, and thousands upon thousands of laws, yet there is no social order, no social justice. Anglo-Saxon bourgeois law is tied firmly into economics. Bourgeois law protects property relations and not social relationships. The cultural traits of capitalist society that also tend to check activity (individualism, artificial politeness juxtaposed to an aloof rudeness, the rush to learn how-to instead of what-is) are secondary really, and intended for those mild cases and groups that require preventative measures only. The law and everything that interlocks with it was constructed for poor, desperate people like me.”

George L. Jackson, Blood In My Eye (Black Classic Press, 1972)

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