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Riot, Repress, Repeat: The dangers of dissent in 21st century America.

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A few burned down buildings – although those are tragic – they’re used as props by right wing media and even many in the liberal establishment, to buttress the argument that we need more policing, more workfare, all kinds of neoliberal reforms.

Sociologist Michael Gould-Wartofsky examines the politics of riot and repression in 21st century America, from the weapons of counter-terrorism now being used to silence political dissent, to the narratives used by both the right and liberals to excuse their failures to address systematic poverty.

Michael is author of the recent essays When Rioting Is Rational at Jacobin and The Wars Come Home: A Five-Step Guide to the Police Repression of Protest from Ferguson to Baltimore and Beyond for TomDispatch.

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Michael Gould-Wartofsky

Michael Gould-Wartofsky is a writer and PhD Fellow in Sociology at New York University.

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