Politics of Crime and Economic Change

Rakesh Bhandari bhandari at phoenix.Princeton.EDU
Mon Mar 8 09:59:58 PST 1999

mBS's number one concern is that the working class and its sympathizers are losing faith in parliamentary politics and in particular those benevolent wonks who put forth a "whole gamut of proposals" on the behalf of the proletariat. He thinks that the loss of faith will be accelerated if those wonks dare speak against the death penalty. So Max refuses to oppose the death penalty while being paid to put forth that whole gamut of proposals, which of course is roundly ignored and contemptuously dismissed by America's statesmen. Dissed like that, Max wants to get tough and speaks valiantly on behalf of frying people, no matter the irrationality, ineffectiveness, bias and partiality, philosophical incoherence and injustice of capital punishment. The working class will rally behind that tough Max, or so he thinks, and then those statesmen will have to listen to his effete social democratic ideas. Well, this sort of wonkish cynicism unfortunately does have quite a bit of life left in it.

against cynicism or "cold hearted politics", rakesh

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