A Colony in a Nation by Chris Hayes

By Chris Hayes

New York Times best-selling writer and Emmy Award–winning information anchor Chris Hayes argues that there are fairly 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, college segregation―reveals that racial inequality has slightly more advantageous given that 1968, while Richard Nixon turned our first “law and order” president. With the readability and originality that extraordinary his prescient bestseller, Twilight of the Elites, Chris Hayes upends our nationwide dialog on policing and democracy in a ebook of wide-ranging old, social, and political analysis.

Hayes contends our nation has fractured in : the Colony and the state. within the kingdom, we venerate the legislation. 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 nation. How and why did americans construct a approach the place stipulations in Ferguson and West Baltimore reflect those who sparked the yank Revolution?

A Colony in a Nation examines the surge in crime that begun within the Nineteen Sixties and peaked within the Nineties, and the exceptional decline that undefined. Drawing on close-hand reporting at flashpoints of racial clash, in addition to deeply own studies with policing, Hayes explores cultural touchstones, from the influential “broken home windows” thought to the “squeegee males” of late-1980s big apple, to teach how worry motives us to make risky 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 through the omnipresent risk of weapons. most vital, he indicates extra democratic and sympathetic justice procedure already exists―in a spot we least suspect.

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

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It was a few years ago. I heard a couple arguing loudly on the street outside my apartment. “Arguing” probably undersells it—he was screaming as he leaned over her, his voice punching her ears: “How stupid are you!?! ” and so forth. The argument echoed through the dark in the leafy, affluent neighborhood I live in. Here we are unused to street noise of that particular type. I listened for a few minutes, and then some part of me thought, I know how this ends. So I dialed 911 and told the dispatcher what I was hearing.

The problem that King George III faced would bedevil authorities for centuries, from the revenuers of Prohibition to the modern Drug Enforcement Administration: when the state declares some popular good illicit, a good that enjoys widespread normalized usage, the state must pursue ever more draconian means to snuff it out. As customs officials were granted more and more power to extinguish illicit trade, inevitably they began to abuse it. Often they actually made their money as a percentage of the value of the goods they confiscated, putting them in the same position as pirates, but with the entire force of the British Crown behind them.

CHRIS HAYES A COLONY IN A NATION W. W. NORTON & COMPANY INDEPENDENT PUBLISHERS SINCE 1923 NEW YORK | LONDON TO KATE, MY SOUL. CONTENTS I II III IV V VI ACKNOWLEDGMENTS NOTES SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY INDEX A COLONY IN A NATION I When was the last time you called the cops? I’ll go first. It was a few years ago. I heard a couple arguing loudly on the street outside my apartment. “Arguing” probably undersells it—he was screaming as he leaned over her, his voice punching her ears: “How stupid are you!?!

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