feature: “angela davis on what’s radical in the 21st century”

May 9, 2014

In a brillant interview published this week by the Los Angeles Times, activist Angela Davis shares her thoughts about what’s radical in the 21st century. The prison system, feminism, democracy and capitalism are among the topics mentioned.
About a just prison system: “Most of us in the 21st century abolitionist movement look to W.E.B. Du Bois’ critique about the abolition of slavery — that it was not enough simply to throw away the chains. The real goal was to re-create a democratic society that would allow for the incorporation of former slaves. [Prison abolition] would be about building a new democracy: substantive rights to economic sustenance, to healthcare; more emphasis on education than incarceration; creating new institutions that would tend to make prisons obsolete.”
“I believe profoundly in the possibilities of democracy, but democracy needs to be emancipated from capitalism. As long as we inhabit a capitalist democracy, a future of racial equality, gender equality, economic equality will elude us.”
“I still believe that capitalism is the most dangerous kind of future we can imagine.”
Full interview here.