What if David Never Fought Goliath?: Criminology, U.S. Empire, and the Failure of Academia

Jarret S. Lovell, California State University Fullerton

It's been three years since the U.S. Empire declared its war on terrorism, a declaration that brought with it the most sweeping revisions to the Bill of Rights and the de facto elimination of International Law. Meanwhile, some ten years after the enactment of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), practices outlawed domestically continue to flourish abroad under the rubric of free trade. And as the economy struggles to recoup from over speculation and malfeasance, many of masterminds behind the corporate deceit remain untouched by the law's hand. All of this with hardly an utterance of concern from the criminological community. This paper does question not whether there is a criminology strong enough to tackle the U.S. Global Empire; rather, it explores the reasons behind criminology's failure fight while serving as a call for action to render our discipline meaningful.

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