Thursday, July 16, 2020

Why did American policing get so big, so fast?

In an article for The New Yorker, author Jill Lepore explores the history of U.S. policing and cites University of Toronto Faculty of Law Professor Markus D. Dubber, director of U of T's Centre for Ethics:

"Under the rule of law, people are equals; under the rule of police, as the legal theorist Markus Dubber has written, we are not. We are more like the women, children, servants, and slaves in a household in ancient Greece, the people who were not allowed to be a part of the polis."

Cited from Professor Dubber's book: The Police Power: Patriarchy and the Foundations of American Government (Columbia University Press)

Read the full The New Yorker article