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Jan 15, 2022

Geo Maher joins us to discuss his new book, "A World Without Police: How Strong Communities Make Cops Obsolete." 

We touch on a number of subjects, including the context in which the book was written, cops and labor unions, and how Geo’s experiences in Venezuela influenced his work.

We also touch on Alexandria Ocasio Cortez’s comment likening abolition to a suburb and rhetorical strategies with the mainstream, as well as examples of bottom-up abolitionist organizing around the world. Geo explains what he means by “strong community," the project of abolishing police and the border as being one in the same, and a whole lot more.

In addition to this interview, we have published a companion episode featuring an in-depth conversation between Kim and Geo about chapter 5 of his book, “Building Communities Without Police.”

Geo Maher is a Philadelphia-based writer and organizer, and currently Visiting Associate Professor of Global Political Thought at Vassar College. He is author of four books, including A World Without Police, and his next book Anticolonial Eruptions appears in March. 

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A World Without Police


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Theme music by Jared Ware

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