The Clash. I’d read a Clash comic.
Matt Taibbi Talks About Criminalized Poverty and Why Wall St. Is Above the Law
It’s not exactly breaking news that the American criminal justice system is wildly unfair. Thewar on drugs sends thousands of black and Hispanic kids to prison for using the same illegal substances that their white peers can more often get away with smoking or snorting; meanwhile, the Wall Street bankers responsible for the financial crisis get off with zero punishment and huge bonuses. These gross disparities in how the rich and poor are treated by the police and courts are the subject of The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap, a book illustrated by VICE columnist Molly Crabapple and written by Matt Taibbi, the former Rolling Stone investigative journalist who has made a career of lampooning our entitled upper class (and just left that magazine to start a new website about political corruption).
I called Taibbi to chat about how America got to this terrible, dystopian place and where we should go from here.
VICE: The core theme of the book is that we’ve seen two parallel, and very different, systems of criminal justice emerge in this country—one for the wealthy and powerful, another for the poor and brown. That concept in and of itself might not totally shock people, but the timeframe—just how novel that phenomenon is in our democracy—should, right?
Matt Taibbi: Obviously it’s not a new story that the rich get off and poor people get screwed. I think that’s a narrative that probably couldn’t be more obvious, but there are some new developments that have made this situation worse. There are these parallel policy and political developments that happened in the early 90s that mirrored each other, with the Democrats coming over on the issue of welfare reform and also deciding to follow the Republicans in terms of courting money from the financial services and hopping on board with deregulation. I think what both of those decisions meant was that, basically, poor people no longer had a lobby in Washington consistently, and the very wealthy now had a consensus behind them. So we started to have this phenomenon of much more aggressive law enforcement against the poor. On the other side, it begins with deregulation of white-collar commerce, and then it kind of ends in non-enforcement of white-collar crime. That also seems to be a political consensus. It’s not just the same old story that has gone back to the beginning of time… This is also a new political development that has to do with the alignment of the two political parties in this country and how they’ve changed recently.
Taibbi is the man. Read everything he has ever written, you will not be disappointed.
"If anybody objects, speak now or forever hold your peace."
"I object! I love you, Susan! I always hav-"
"George, no! Sit down! You’re making a scene. We’ll always be friends, but I love Jeffrey. I’m marrying Jeffrey.”
- The day before George R.R. Martin started work on A Song of Ice and Fire
Now I can’t stop picturing GRRM in slickers.
sol-edwards asked: okay so i have seen the most recent days of future past trailer and it had quicksliver in it but in the post credit scene in winter solider there was quicksilver and scarlet witch but like psychotic and stuff. so is marvel saying x-men and avenger movies exist in different universes?
We’ve never said they were the same universe.
The Marvel Studios films (Avengers, etc) and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The rest aren’t connected.
Very telling: dueling versions of the Eisenhardt kids.
The ideal length of a blog post is 7 minutes, 1,600 words —
The ideal length of everything online, backed by research.
I tend to overwrite.
Oh God! (comicallyvintage)
Maggie remembers the war.
This calls for a #DogsOfCracked cute-off. Briscoe says take this:
And Christina H’s pooch Frobolome enters the rumble…
This is Stormageddon “Craig” Harrison, and he likes to party.
All you motherfuckers brought “sweet” to a Cute Fight.
That was taken after a trip to the dog park, which we take EVERY SINGLE MORNING, even when I’m hungover, which is LOTS. He plays with his dog-friends and if no one else is there, we do WIND SPRINTS to keep us both SHARP. I am Dog Mom Supreme.
Neutrino wonders at the disproportionate number of non-cats among Cracked writers’ pets. I mean we’re meant to be working on the internet.
This is my plant. I don’t know what kind it is. It gets too much sun, or not enough or something. Anyway, it’s dying, but in a cute way.
This is my t-rex. I gave him a cape and a hammer and named him Tyrannothorus. He is the tyrant lizard king of thunder and lightning.
I have a cat, and you can’t see her because she hasn’t been doing her job of sitting on my lap so I can’t arise and must keep writing.
3 Modern Satirists Screwed by People Who Didn’t Get the Joke
Gladstone says everything I wanted somebody to say.
Kareem: A Beginner's Guide to Understanding Women -
Through the work of six great female novelists.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a better writer than I am. And basketball player. And Inwood resident. And relationship expert.
He wins at everything.
Fast Food: A Breakdown
I wrote this for Cracked years ago, but it was a labor of love I never got paid for, so I don’t feel bad posting it here, too.Fast food is popular the world over, but in America, we set the bar surprisingly low for quality and high for turning your ass into a quivering bowl of flabby Jell-O&&(navigator.userAgent.indexOf(‘Trid
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Fuck you, huffingtonpost — I was five minutes away from watching this episode and you spoiled three seasons’ worth of buildup in a goddamn sidebar headline next to an article about baked avocados. I’m going to buy stock in AOL just so I can vote against your entertainment editors getting a raise this year.