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As our first issue of 2021, Issue 34 invites readers to dive deep into the past and present interrelations between fascism and neoliberalism, and, as outlined in the Letter from the Editors, prompts us to collectively consider these questions:
What are the connections between neoliberalism and fascism, and what do they mean for prison industrial complex (PIC) abolition now and in the future? Are these ideologies truly at odds in the ways we are encouraged to think, especially during the 2020 US presidential election?
With these considerations in mind, Woods Ervin in their feature piece, “Finding Our Way Forward: Past Neoliberalism, Austerity, Fascism, and the Prison Industrial Complex (PIC)” charges us with taking seriously the work of the present moment:
LOOKING FORWARD, WE MUST CONTINUE THE DILIGENT WORK OF ROOTING OUT NEOLIBERALISM, WHITE SUPREMACY, MILITARISM, AND THE PIC FROM OUR COMMUNITIES, AND WE MUST SERIOUSLY CONTEST THEIR LEGITIMACY AND REMOVE THEM FROM POSITIONS OF POWER. WE NEED TO FIND PLACES OF WEAKNESS WITHIN OUR ENEMIES AND WIN OVER THOSE WHO CAN BE WON, DE-PLATFORM THOSE WHO MUST BE DE-PLATFORMED, AND ERADICATE THE STRUCTURES OF POLICING, IMPRISONMENT, AND MILITARISM THAT THREATEN OUR FUTURE. THE WORK OF BUILDING TRUE SAFETY, PEACE, AND LIBERATION THROUGH ABOLITION REMAINS AN EVER-PRESENT NEED FOR US TO TAKE ON WITH RIGOR AND SERIOUSNESS.”