The Epidemic of Police Murders

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The full text of Steve Martinot’s 2013 S&D article, “Probing the Epidemic of Police Murders,” has now been posted for free access on our publisher’s website as part of its current promotion of books and articles relevant to the Black Lives Matter protests. Martinot gives a full historical/theoretical interpretation of a phenomenon that, despite its relatively recent explosion into universal public awareness, has been plaguing US society from the beginning.

Readers may also wish to look up Steve’s recent article, “Defunding the Police,” published by the Berkeley Daily Planet earlier this month.

Lee Camp’s Latest Book

Lee Camp, Bullet Points and Punch Lines (Oakland, CA: PM Press, 2020), xviii + 216 pp., $17

Lee Camp (Photo Credit: PM Press)

You may know Lee Camp from his amazing show “Redacted Tonight” (available online), a unique blend of deep journalism and biting comedy. Well, here it is in book form, and it doesn’t disappoint. It consists mainly of short essays that were the basis for some of his shows. Although we miss the physical performance, we are compensated by being given full documentation for all his factual assertions. It ranges widely in subject matter, from the Pentagon’s “missing” $21 trillion to dissections of Wall Street, racism, police violence, media mendacity, and much more. An excellent vehicle for introducing a Marxist analysis of the present to people who don’t usually read books.