Mythologies of State and Monopoly Power Pack - Book
Mythologies of State and Monopoly Power Pack - Book
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“Mythologies,” writes veteran human rights lawyer Michael Tigar, “are
structures of words and images that portray people, institutions, and events in
ways that mask an underlying reality.” For instance, the “Justice
Department” appears, by its very nature and practice, to appropriate
“justice” as the exclusive property of the federal government. In his
brilliantly acerbic collection of essays, Tigar reveals, deconstructs, and
eviscerates mythologies surrounding the U.S. criminal justice system, racism,
free expression, workers’ rights, and international human rights.

Lawyers confront mythologies in the context of their profession. But the
struggle for human liberation makes mythology-busting the business of all of us.
The rights we have learned to demand are not only trivialized in our current
system of social relations; they are, in fact, antithetical to that system. With
wit and eloquence, Michael Tigar draws on legal cases, philosophy, literature,
and fifty-years’ experience as an attorney, activist, and teacher to bust the
mythologies and to argue for real change.

Beautifully written, learned, and profoundly insightful. In a better world,
Michael Tigar would be a justice on the United States Supreme Court.

—Michael Steven Smith, Co-host, Law And Disorder Radio; formerly, board member
for The Center for Constitutional Rights

From a famed criminal defense lawyer and prolific author, this collection of
elegant, brilliant, and timely essays is a breath of fresh air, busting open the
mythologies of the state power that work to overwhelm us. Despite the barriers
that limit change in the system, which these essays so lucidly reveal, Michael
Tigar provides analytical tools that inspire and empower.

—Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author, Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second

With a keen, roving, literate eye, attention to historical detail and caselaw,
and a sharp wit, Michael Tigar identifies the vulnerabilities in and cuts the
heart out of the destructive mythologies he addresses. These essays are
particularly timely because the forces of greed, ignorance, and bigotry are now
so firmly in power.

—Jerry Cohen, General Counsel, United Farm Workers

In this brilliant collection of essays, Michael Tigar lays bare mythologies
about the most important issues of our time—racism, criminal justice, free
speech, worker rights, and international human rights. Beautifully written with
Tigar’s characteristic wit, passion, and deep knowledge of jurisprudence and
literature, Mythologies of State and Monopoly Power explores important issues
through the lens of his extraordinary personal and professional experience, and
through his analysis of some of the most important cases decided by the
nation’s courts. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in law,
history, and the pursuit of justice.

—Angela J. Davis, Professor, American University Washington College of Law;
author, Arbitrary Justice: The Power of the American Prosecutor and Policing the
Black Man: Arrest, Prosecution and Imprisonment

Mythologies is an incisive, unsparing, creative and brilliant critique of
capitalist law and its dire human consequences. This book tears the cover off
what power says about justice, and shows us what power does. Michael Tigar has
written a must-read for prisoners, law students, activists, artists, lawyers,
and anyone concerned with where we are and how to fight back. You’ll never
forget his fictional debate between Lucy Parsons and Clarence Darrow.

—Bernardine Dohrn, clinical law professor, Northwestern University School of
Law; author; co-editor with Bill Ayers, Race Course: Against White Supremacy and
Sing a Battle Song: The Revolutionary Poetry, Statements, and Communiques of the
Weather Underground 1970-1974

Like Clarence Darrow, Michael Tigar is a “defender of the damned.” Ignore
what he says, and we are all damned by a justice system that he shows to be
anything but just.

—Charles Glass, author, They Fought Alone: The True Story of the Starr
Brothers, British Secret Agents in Nazi-Occupied France; former ABC News Middle
East Correspondent

For anyone concerned with the rule of law, or more generally with the real
significance of freedom and justice, this highly informed and carefully argued
study should be essential reading.

—Noam Chomsky, Institute Professor (emeritus), MIT; Laureate Professor
(University of Arizona); writer and activis

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