A Tornado of Public Safety: Neoliberalism and Punishment at the Dawn of the 21st Century

The neocon punishment and social policy – that is zero tolerance and the criminalisation of the poor – still rages. Why? Because the Washington Consensus and cutbacks in the social safety net now are also including the punishing control of criminals, furthermore the invisible hand of the market implies and makes it necessary the use of the iron fist of the punishing state. Comprehensive studies made over the past decade also reveal that it is now not an issue of punishment policy and criminology only but a new political line has been established.