One wave of capital flight occurred in the 1970s. Their peaceful demonstrations, election boycotts, and pleas for international solidarity were met with violent government repression and the eventual execution of Ogoni writer-leader Ken Saro Wiwa. In return for cooperation with the U. We must begin today to think differently and to certainly act differently or we will continue to destroy our tomorrow. As the Cold War winds down and the Crime War heats up, defense industry giants like Westinghouse are re-tooling and lobbying Washington for their share of the domestic law enforcement market.
Investment houses, construction companies, architects, and support services such as food, medical, transportation and furniture, all stand to profit by prison expansion. This represents the highest per capita incarceration rate in the history of the world. New leviathan prisons are being built with thousands of eerie acres of factories inside the walls. While capital has globalized, labor has not. It is estimated that in 1994, on any given day, one out of every 128 U. Resource List Critical Resistance East 460 W.
We are reaping the results. Central America is the strategic halfway point for air travel between Colombia and the United States. Because, truly, we are all in this together. And the only victor is big business. Under structural adjustment, police and military expenditures are the only government spending that is encouraged. The Contra War against Sandinista Nicaragua, as well as the war against the national liberation forces in El Salvador, was largely about control of this critical area. Like fear of communism during the Cold War, fear of crime is a great selling tool for a dubious product.
And given the notorious involvement of Colombia's highest officials with the powerful drug cartels, it is not surprising that most U. In California, the top three charges for those entering prison are: possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for sale, and robbery. The results of this philosophy in action are that while economies are growing, so is poverty, so is ecological destruction, so are sweatshops and child labor. To go back into an economy which has no jobs? Like any industry, the prison economy needs raw materials. About 90% of crack arrests are of African-Americans, while 75% of powder cocaine arrests are of whites. Poor people of color are being locked up in grossly disproportionate numbers, primarily for nonviolent crimes. For private business, prison labor is like a pot of gold.
This monumental commitment to lock up a sizeable percentage of the population is an integral part of the globalization of capital. In return for cooperation with the U. Under federal law, it takes only five grams of crack cocaine to trigger a five-year mandatory minimum sentence. For private business, prison labor is like a pot of gold. Unemployed, and alienated from a society indifferent to his needs, he becomes involved in the drug economy or some other outlawed means of survival. Dealers are forced to move, turf is reshuffled, already vulnerable families are broken up. When Congress cut off support for the Contras, Oliver North and friends found other ways to fund the Contra re-supply operations, in part through drug dealing.
American Express and General Electric have invested in private prison construction in Oklahoma and Tennessee. Even the 14th Amendment to the Constitution which abolished slavery, excludes prisoners from its protections. Substandard diets, extreme overcrowding, and abuses by poorly trained personnel have all been documented and can be expected in these institutions which are unabashedly about making money. Therefore, the information in these few pages should be required reading for everyone. When Renault closed its plant in Belgium, 100,000 demonstrated in Brussels, pressuring the French and Belgium governments to condemn the plant closure and compel its reopening. To go back into a community which has no hope? Into the gaping economic hole left by the exodus of jobs from U.
Follow the money and find how the prison-industrial complex fits into the New World Order of free trade and imprisoned people, the war on drugs, and capital flight. Unemployed, and alienated from a society indifferent to his needs, he becomes involved in the drug economy or some other outlawed means of survival. We aim to distribute these through every available channel with every available technology—whether that means you are seeing anarchist classics at our bookfair stalls; reading our latest vegan cookbook at the café; downloading geeky fiction e-books; or digging new music and timely videos from our website. Private contracts also mean less public scrutiny. With traditional agriculture being pushed aside by agribusiness, many rural American communities are facing hard times. Particularly poor, urban, African American men and women.
Incarcerate those at the bottom, the helpless, the hopeless, before they demand change. The prison industrial complex can grow only if more and more people are incarcerated even if crime rates drop. From worker, to unemployed, to criminal, to convict laborer, the cycle has come full circle. Violent crimes like murder, rape, manslaughter and kidnaping don't even make the top ten. Investment houses, construction companies, architects, and support services such as food, medical, transportation and furniture, all stand to profit by prison expansion. Here at home, the war on drugs has been a war on poor people.
Like fear of communism during the Cold War, fear of crime is a great selling tool for a dubious product. What is certain is that resistance to the transnational corporate agenda is growing around the globe: In 1996, the people of Bougainville, a small New Guinea island, organized a secessionist rebellion, protesting the dislocations and ecological destruction caused by corporate mining on the island. One of the fastest growing sectors of the prison industrial complex is private corrections companies. Prison industries are often directly competing with private industry. Between 1980 and 1994, the number of women in prison increased five-fold, and women now make up the fastest growing segment of the prison population.
We seek to create radical and stimulating fiction and non-fiction books, pamphlets, t-shirts, visual and audio materials to entertain, educate and inspire you. While capital has globalized, labor has not. As education and other prison programs are cut back, or in most cases eliminated altogether, prisons are becoming vast, overcrowded, holding tanks. In 1995 alone, 150 new U. Prisons are also a leading rural growth industry. Planes loaded with arms for the Contras took off from the southern United States, offloaded their weapons on private landing strips in Honduras, then loaded up with cocaine for the return trip.