The Global Police State

Author-Meets-Critics Session with William I. Robinson
October 24, 2020 at 4 p.m. EST

Online via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 914 1851 3673
Passcode: 029652 (the complete zoom link is posted below)
This event is free and open to the public

Jennifer Ponce de León and Gabriel Rockhill will host William I. Robinson for an online discussion of his book The Global Police State (Pluto Press, 2020). While revealing the structural roots of 21-century fascism, this book demonstrates how the increasing inequality produced by global capitalism, including the treatment of entire segments of the population as ‘surplus humanity,’ calls forth increasing repression, while repression itself has become an ever more central engine of capitalist accumulation.  After CTW directors Rockhill and Ponce de León interview Robinson, he will answer questions from the viewing public.

William I. Robinson is Professor of Sociology, Global Studies, and Latin American Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His many award-winning books include Into the Tempest: Essays on the New Global Capitalism (Haymarket, 2019), Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Humanity (Cambridge University Press, 2014), and Latin America and Global Capitalism (John Hopkins University Press, 2008). More information and links to many of his articles can be found here:

William I. Robinson, “The Global Police State,” CTW Public Interview, October 24, 2020 (in English)

Book Overview
As the world becomes ever more unequal, people become ever more ‘disposable’. Today, governments systematically exclude sections of their populations from society though heavy-handed policing. But it doesn’t always go to plan. William I. Robinson exposes the nature and dynamics of this out-of-control system, arguing for the urgency of creating a movement capable of overthrowing it.

The global police state uses a variety of ingenious methods of control, including mass incarceration, police violence, US-led wars, the persecution of immigrants and refugees, and the repression of environmental activists. Movements have emerged to combat the increasing militarisation, surveillance and social cleansing; however many of them appeal to a moral sense of social justice rather than addressing its root – global capitalism.

Using shocking data which reveals how far capitalism has become a system of repression, Robinson argues that the emerging megacities of the world are becoming the battlegrounds where the excluded and the oppressed face off against the global police state.