On this date in 1969 Fred Hampton was murdered by Chicago police.
Imperialism is hegemonic in the sense that the citizens of Empire are often shocked or angered by the assertion that they do, in fact, live in one– usually before they bother to define that term.
In honor of Fleet Week– which is clearly a symbol of American Empire– here are two speeches that have been supplemented with images.
First, a by-now viral video of Ellen.
I’d never heard of this next one until yesterday. I don’t know who originally made it.
Consider our discussions about hegemony and interpretation. What codes and values are invoked by these clips? How does form shape or undermine content? Do you live in an Empire? What evidence and arguments support your claim?
… violence by a militarized police force in the service of Capital and the State.
After the coup, Chile became the first neoliberal state. This clip comes from Patricio Guzman’s classic film, The Battle of Chile.
I haven’t screened this documentary yet but in his recent book Race, Class, and Marxism David Roediger writes that it is a striking account of the ways that race and for-profit policing intersect. Let’s watch it this weekend and talk about it next week.