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Marc-Andre Pigeon and L. Randall Wray

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Can Penal Keynesianism Replace Military Keynesianism? An Analysis of Society’s Newest “Solution” for the Hard to Employ and a Proposal for a More Humane Alternative

Mass incarceration of mainly nonviolent, poorly educated young blacks and Latinos, many of whom would have been in the military in an earlier generation, serves social and economic control functions by replacing “military Keynesianism” with “penal Keynesianism.” With globalization, individual nations are less able to act alone in maintaining full employment policies through Keynesian methods, as the United States had done through the 1950s and 1960s.

prisoners — prison labor; Keynesian economics; economic policy — full employment policies; prisons

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 27, No. 2 (2000): 148-161