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What We Really Know About the CIA and Crack

DANIEL FINN

The CIA claimed that any story linking it to the 1980s crack cocaine explosion was conspiratorial slander. But the evidence of its complicity is all there in the congressional record.

CULTURAL CAPITAL
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What We Really Know About the CIA and Crack

DANIEL FINN

The CIA claimed that any story linking it to the 1980s crack cocaine explosion was conspiratorial slander. But the evidence of its complicity is all there in the congressional record.

CULTURAL CAPITAL
Cleaver by Christopher Moltisanti
RED CHANNELS
EILEEN JONES

Everywhere Grime in America, Terrible Time in America
Forget the parodies — West Side Story was an epic musical about gang violence that was as hard-hitting as it was stunning.

WAYS OF SEEING
OWEN HATHERLEY

Planned Paranoia
There’s a reason why urban housing developments and suburban subdivisions can seem threatening and unwelcoming to outsiders: they’re planned that way, in order to “design out crime.”

BASS & SUPERSTRUCTURE
FERGAL KINNEY

Breaking up the Party
Britain is rightly known for its multicultural popular music — but these musical styles have frequently emerged in the face of legal attempts to suppress them.

BASS & SUPERSTRUCTURE
BRANKO MARCETIC

Did the LAPD Kill the Notorious B.I.G.?
Criminal police officers ran law enforcement in 1990s Los Angeles — and they may have a story to tell.


FEATURE
A Brazilian Bloodbath

ANDREW FISHMAN AND CECÍLIA OLLIVEIRA

When Lula and the Workers’ Party took power in Brazil, they had a plan to take on crime and the power of the police. Their failure helped undermine their entire program.

THE TUMBREL
Wall Street Superpredators
THE WORST ESTATE
ROGER LANCASTER

The Devil Goes to Preschool
In 1983, journalists helped conjure a nationwide sex panic.

THERMIDOR
MARTA FANA

Communists Against the Mafia
The battle against the Sicilian Mafia wasn’t waged by cops and judges — it was waged by communists and labor militants.

VERSAILLES
The Real Burglars Aren’t Wearing Masks
Across the country and across industries, employers steal billions from workers each year. Minimum wage violation — the act of paying workers below the legal limit — is just one form of wage theft, but it results in at least $15 billion in lost wages annually. In 2015, minimum wage violations cost workers more than all robberies, burglaries, larcenies, and motor vehicle thefts combined.

FEATURE
Smooth Criminals

NICOLE ASCHOFF

From the Wolf of Wall Street in New York to Jho Low in Malaysia, globalization unleashed a world of well-connected and superrich con artists.

LEFTOVERS
Out on Bail
POPULAR FRONT
TEO BALLVÉ

Barbies and Bullets
In Colombia and around the world, right-wing paramilitaries and traffickers have adopted a populist feint to win over the communities they terrorize.

DUSTBIN
ROSS BARKAN

New York’s Cop Coup
In 1993, New York had its first black mayor — and Rudy Giuliani stirred up a police riot at City Hall.

MEANS AND ENDS
Jacobin Does Crime
We’re running short on funds. Jacobin troll Donald Hughes wants to help.

Jacobin is a leading voice of the American left, offering socialist perspectives on politics, economics, and culture.

Softcover
168 pages
Winter 2021
English
Jacobin is a leading voice of the American left, offering socialist perspectives on politics, economics, and culture.