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By Chris Hayes

New York Times best-selling writer and Emmy Award–winning information anchor Chris Hayes argues that there are relatively Americas: a Colony and a Nation.

America loves to inform itself that it inhabits a postracial international, but approximately each empirical measure―wealth, unemployment, incarceration, university segregation―reveals that racial inequality has slightly better seeing that 1968, while Richard Nixon grew to become our first “law and order” president. With the readability and originality that special his prescient bestseller, Twilight of the Elites, Chris Hayes upends our nationwide dialog on policing and democracy in a ebook of wide-ranging ancient, social, and political analysis.

Hayes contends our nation has fractured in : the Colony and the country. within the state, we venerate the legislations. within the Colony, we obsess over order, worry trumps civil rights, and competitive policing resembles career. A Colony in a Nation explains how a rustic based on justice now seems like whatever uncomfortably just about a police kingdom. How and why did american citizens construct a procedure the place stipulations in Ferguson and West Baltimore reflect those who sparked the yankee Revolution?

A Colony in a Nation examines the surge in crime that all started within the Sixties and peaked within the Nineties, and the unheard of decline that undefined. Drawing on close-hand reporting at flashpoints of racial clash, in addition to deeply own stories with policing, Hayes explores cultural touchstones, from the influential “broken home windows” idea to the “squeegee males” of late-1980s long island, to teach how worry factors us to make harmful and unlucky offerings, either in our society and on the own point. With nice empathy, he seeks to appreciate the demanding situations of policing groups haunted by means of the omnipresent risk of weapons. most vital, he exhibits extra democratic and sympathetic justice approach already exists―in a spot we least suspect.

A Colony in a Nation is a vital book―searing and insightful―that will reframe our considering legislation and order within the years to come.

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Out of those two brushes with the law, we both ended up with the same outcome: a clean record and a sigh of relief. But it took vastly different degrees of effort and ingenuity to get there. THE UNITED STATES IS the most violent developed country in the world. It is also the most incarcerated. For more than four decades the second problem has grown, often under the guise of addressing the first. While the country’s homicide rate has fallen sharply from its peak, it remains higher than that of any other developed democracy, sandwiched between Estonia and Chile in international rankings.

Ben Franklin, with biting sarcasm, attacked the folly of turning the tools of war-making on civilians: Convert the brave, honest officers of your navy into pimping tide-waiters and colony officers of the customs. Let those who in the time of war fought gallantly in defense of their countrymen, in peace be taught to prey upon it. Let them . . scour with armed boats every bay, harbor, river, creek, cove, or nook throughout your colonies; stop and detain every coaster, every wood-boat, every fisherman.

Because taxes were ultimately enforced through police actions, the British crackdown essentially inaugurated America’s first tough-on-crime era. It was a classic crackdown: more customs officials were granted more expansive powers, while courts were streamlined to produce swift punishment and avoid the maddening jury nullification that had made it so hard to punish smugglers in previous decades. After 1763 customs officials no longer looked the other way in exchange for small bribes. ” British customs officials took to trawling the coast, stopping merchant ships to search and harass them.

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