U.S. human rights violations

Rakesh Bhandari bhandari at phoenix.Princeton.EDU
Wed Dec 2 11:02:57 PST 1998

Charles, Thanks for forwarding this to us. I have not read Otto Kirscheimer and Georg Rusche's Punishment and Social Structure, only the summary in David Garland's award winning book. Yet I don't think it comes as a surprise to anyone that the best way to ensure a life of incarceration for a youth is to lock him or her up young, break down the youth's character among adult prisoners and force him to wear a badge of dishonor in the labor market ever thereafter. This must be obvious to those in the judicial system as well; it seems that no one fears any labor shortages that may result from tracking ever greater number of "questionable" future proletarians into a life of prison. How has capital overcome its labor shortage? Acquisition of foreign labor both through immigration and capital export? Interesting story in the WSJ yesterday about the use of border Mexican, albeit perfectly bilingual, labor by US corps for data processing. Automation in the form detailed by David Schwartzman, Black Unemployment--Part of Unskilled Unemployment? Or has capital overcome a potential labor shortage through its own slow down in the rate of accumulation? Which means relative misery here and run away absolute pauperization in the periphery in the form of collapsing commodity prices and the like, leading to that other horrific dynamic: Citzenship and Exclusion, the title of an ed. book by Veit Bader.

And what about Judith Stein's new book on the history of deindustrialization, race and liberalism in your own Detroit? How does it compare with Thomas Sugrue's book (a good short version of his work is in Michael Katz's ed book on The Underclass Debate). comradely, rakesh

More information about the lbo-talk mailing list