Defunding the Police: A 1935 idea is partially realized in 2021

Serge and Clarke discuss the original idea of W.E.B. Du Bois that is now the slogan of the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States. Serge argues for more money for police agencies, while Clarke — who disagrees with the basic idea of “defunding the police” — argues that police departments need to use capitalist models to evaluate, plan and ultimately spend less money in the fight against crime. 

W.E.B. Du Bois, Black Reconstruction in America, (Harcourt Brace, 1935).

Angela Y. Davis, Are Prisons Obsolete?, (Seven Story Press, 2003).

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Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing, (Verso Books, 2018)

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