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Politics as a category is generally applied to the art or science of running governmental or state affairs, including behavior within civil governments, but also applies to institutions, fields, and special interest groups such as the corporate, academic, and religious segments of society. It consists of social relations involving authority or power and to the methods and tactics used to formulate and apply policy. Modern political discourse focuses on democracy and the relationship between people and politics. It is thought of as the way we choose government officials and make decisions about public policy.

 
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Le Collège Électoral Américain Est-il Une Fiction Polie Qui Devrai...

By: Fritz Dufour, Linguiste, MBA, DESS

La polarisation politique se produit lorsque les opinions ou les attentes d'une personne ou d'un groupe de personnes reflètent celles d'un parti politique (aux États-Unis: démocrate ou républicain) ou d'une idéologie (libérale ou conservatrice). La polarisation politique n'est pas quelque chose à craindre. En fait, c'est un test pour la démocratie et pour le progrès. L'exemple le plus remarquable de polarisation politique des temps modernes fut les États-Généraux frança...

Le collège électoral américain a commencé à semer le doute chez les électeurs américains seulement 20 ans après la ratification du 12ème amendement de la Constitution américaine en 1804, qui prévoit l'élection du président et du vice-président par le collège électoral. En l'absence de vote majoritaire pour une personne, la Chambre des représentants (un vote par état) choisit le président, et le Sénat le vice-président. Aujourd'hui, 213 ans après que le premier signe anno...

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Is The US Electoral College A Polite Fiction That Should Be Abolis...

By: Fritz Dufour, Linguist, MBA, DESS

Political polarization occurs when the views or expectations of one person or a group of people reflect those of a political party (in the US: Democrat or Republican) or an ideology (liberal or conservative). Political polarization isn’t something to fear. In fact, it’s a test for democracy and for progress. The most notable example of modern times political polarization was the French Estate General during which those who were for the revolution seated at the right wing...

The US electoral college started to cast doubt in American voters only 20 years after the 12th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified in 1804, which provides for election of the president and vice president by the electoral college. Should there be no majority vote for one person, the House of Representatives (one vote per state) chooses the president and the Senate the vice president. Today, 213 years after the first harbinger sign surfaced in 1824 with the ele...

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Federal Bureau of Intimidation

By: Howard Zinn

An article on the Federal Bureau of Investigation and their intimidation strategies throughout history.

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The Feminization of Earth First!

By: Judi Bari

Judi Bari (November 7, 1949 – March 2, 1997) was an American environmentalist and labor leader, a feminist, and the principal organizer of Earth First! campaigns against logging in the ancient redwood forests of Northern California in the 1980s and '90s. She also organized efforts through Earth First! – Industrial Workers of the World Local 1 to bring timber workers and environmentalists together in common cause. This article reflects her efforts in the Earth First! move...

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Behind the Death Squads : An exclusive report on the US role in El...

By: Allan Nairn; Michael Kienitz, Illustrator

From the Editor's page: "The rising level of political violence in El Salvador and the increasing military involvement of the United States began making front-page headlines in this country about five years ago. But as Allan Nairn reports in his carefully researched article, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Pentagon set their intervention in motion much earlier. They have been actively aiding official terror in El Salvador for more than two decades—often in violat...

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Behind the Death Squads : An exclusive report on the US role in El...

By: Allan Nairn; Michael Kienitz, Illustrator

From the Editor's page: "The rising level of political violence in El Salvador and the increasing military involvement of the United States began making front-page headlines in this country about five years ago. But as Allan Nairn reports in his carefully researched article, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Pentagon set their intervention in motion much earlier. They have been actively aiding official terror in El Salvador for more than two decades—often in violat...

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The New Pentagon Papers

By: Karen Kwiatkowski

A high-ranking military officer reveals how Defense Department extremists suppressed information and twisted the truth to drive the country to war.

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New US Military Bases : Side Effects Or Causes Of War?: Side Effec...

By: Zoltan Grossman

Article by Zoltan Grossman, a doctoral candidate in geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a member of the South-West Asia Information Group.

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Against Empire

By: Michael Parenti

Richly informed and written in an engaging style, Against Empire exposes the ruthless agenda and hidden costs of the U.S. empire today. Documenting the pretexts and lies used to justify violent intervention and maldevelopment abroad, Parenti shows how the conversion to a global economy is a victory of finance capital over democracy.

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Crime As Social Control

By: Christian Parenti

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 27, No. 3 (2000): 43-49.

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Looking Back : Radical Criminology and Social Movements: Radical C...

By: Gregory Shank

Social Justice Vol. 26, No. 2 (76), 25th Anniversary Commemoration (Summer 1999)

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Social Insecurity : The Transformation of American Criminal Justic...

By: Anthony M. Platt

Social Justice Vol. 28, No. 1 (2001): 138-155.

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Fannie Henderson Witnesses Southern Lynch Law

By: Michael Keith Honey

Published in Black-Workers Remember: an oral history of segregation, unionism, and the freedom struggle by Michael Keith Honey, pg. 20-23.

In the absence of a strong protest organization in the African American community, the police in the 1930s and 1940s were happy to demonstrate their power by victimizing many hapless individuals. And yet individuals did resist. Ms. Henderson, for example, acted against her powerlessness to stop a grisly lynching by becoming an official witness to it. Her friend Mary Alexander made the choice that many people would: she hid herself from direct knowledge of police crime an...

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The Challenge of Prison Abolition : A Conversation: A Conversation

By: Angela Y. Davis; Dylan Rodriguez

"The Challenge of Prison Abolition: A Conversation" A dialog between Angela Y. Davis and Dylan Rodriguez , Social Justice, 27:3=81 (2000:Fall) p.212

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Opening Up Borderland Studies : A Review of U.S.-Mexico Border Mil...

By: Jose Palafox

Palafox, J. (2000). Opening up borderland studies: A review of U.S.-Mexico border militarization discourse. Social Justice. 27. 56-72.

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Slavery and Prison : Understanding the Connections: Understanding ...

By: Kim Gilmore

Article published in the Social Justice: Critical Resistance to the Prison-Industrial Complex, Vol. 27, No. 3 (2000).

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Prison Nation : Driven by fear, the US has surrendered to "Carcera...

By: Sasha Abramsky

This article is an edited excerpt from his upcoming book, Hard Time Blues: How politics built a prison nation, published by St. Martin's Press in January, 2002.

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Race, Prison, and Poverty : The Race To Incarcerate In The Age Of ...

By: Paul Street

Paul Street, “Race, Prison, and Poverty: The Race to Incarcerate in the Age of Correctional Keynesianism,” Z Magazine (May 2001), p. 26.

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Dark Connections : Empire abroad, prisons at home: Empire abroad, ...

By: Paul Street

Street P. Dark Connections: Empire abroad, prisons at home. Z Magazine 2003; January: 41-45.

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The Social Functions of the Prisons in the United States

By: Bettina Aptheker

Chapter 3 of "If They Come in the Morning: Voices of Resistance," New York: Third Press, 1971.

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