A Colony in a Nation

A Colony in a Nation

作者 : Chris Hayes

出版社 : W. W. NORTON & COMPANY, INC.

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「A Colony in a Nation對於美國專斷且無法預測的刑法體系有高度原創的解析。事實上,作者闡明這個體系並非不可預測,相反地,它把某一群美國人視為公民,把另一群人視為被殖民者。這是一本重要且具開創的書,努力地要理解美國的刑法到底出了多大的錯。」- Ta-Nehisi Coates (以《在世界與我之間》(Between the World and Me)獲2015年美國國家圖書獎非小說類獎項的黑人作家)

「一本對社會正義即時且激昂的論述。」-《柯克斯評論》(Kirkus)

《紐約時報》暢銷作家與艾美獎得主,新聞主播Chris Hayes大聲疾呼:美國境內有兩個國度 - 一個是殖民地,一個才是所謂的國家。

美國喜歡聲稱自己是個後種族主義的國度,但是就財富、失業、入監人種與學校分化等實際面來看,自1968年尼克森成為第一任所謂的"法治"總統以來,美國的種族不平等其實幾乎沒有任何改善。本書作者Chris Hayes以前一部暢銷書《菁英的黃昏》(Twilight of the Elites)清晰且原創的筆法,藉由這本新書,在歷史、社會、政治方面的分析,顛覆了美國關於警察制度與民主的討論。

Hayes的主張是,美國已經分裂成兩個:一個是殖民地,另一個才是國家。在國家裡,人們尊重律法。但是在殖民地,人們為秩序擔憂,害怕公民權利,激進的警察執法等同於佔領。本書闡明了一個建立在司法上的國家,如今為何看起來像是個讓人渾身不舒服的警察國家。在佛格森市與巴爾的摩發生的白人警察槍殺無辜黑人的案件,讓人聯想到美國革命,它所建立的刑法體系為什麼會引發了後續的抗議與暴動?

本書檢視了美國1960年開始犯罪率大增,一直到1990年代達到高峰,其後史無前例地往下降的原因。本書近身報導了種族衝突的引爆點,加上對警察執法的親身經歷,作者探索了檢驗文化的各種標準,例如:從具影響力的"破窗理論"到1980年代後期在曼哈頓透過刷洗車窗恐嚇勒索車主的小型犯罪,來顯示恐懼如何使我們做出危險且不幸的決定,進而影響個人或社會。作者以極大的同理心尋求理解因充斥槍枝威脅而受警察監管的社區所面臨的挑戰。最重要的是,他告訴讀者,只要人們不要有太多的猜疑,一個更民主且具同理心的司法體系其實是存在的。

這本重要的書,令人傷痛但是充滿洞察力,將重塑未來幾年我們對法治的看法。

New York Times best-selling author and Emmy Award–winning news anchor Chris Hayes argues that there are really two Americas: a Colony and a Nation.


America likes to tell itself that it inhabits a postracial world, yet nearly every empirical measure―wealth, unemployment, incarceration, school segregation―reveals that racial inequality has barely improved since 1968, when Richard Nixon became our first “law and order” president. With the clarity and originality that distinguished his prescient bestseller, Twilight of the Elites, Chris Hayes upends our national conversation on policing and democracy in a book of wide-ranging historical, social, and political analysis.

Hayes contends our country has fractured in two: the Colony and the Nation. In the Nation, we venerate the law. In the Colony, we obsess over order, fear trumps civil rights, and aggressive policing resembles occupation. A Colony in a Nation explains how a country founded on justice now looks like something uncomfortably close to a police state. How and why did Americans build a system where conditions in Ferguson and West Baltimore mirror those that sparked the American Revolution?

A Colony in a Nation examines the surge in crime that began in the 1960s and peaked in the 1990s, and the unprecedented decline that followed. Drawing on close-hand reporting at flashpoints of racial conflict, as well as deeply personal experiences with policing, Hayes explores cultural touchstones, from the influential “broken windows” theory to the “squeegee men” of late-1980s Manhattan, to show how fear causes us to make dangerous and unfortunate choices, both in our society and at the personal level. With great empathy, he seeks to understand the challenges of policing communities haunted by the omnipresent threat of guns. Most important, he shows that a more democratic and sympathetic justice system already exists―in a place we least suspect.

A Colony in a Nation is an essential book―searing and insightful―that will reframe our thinking about law and order in the years to come.
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