A Riot Broke Out and No One was Surprised on Feed 44

C4SS Feed 44 presents Ryan Calhoun‘s “A Riot Broke Out and No One was Surprised” read by Thomas J. Webb and edited by Nick Ford.

“Many liberal reformists object to rioting as a legitimate tactic of effecting positive change. They cite, as all anti-revolutionaries do, crackdowns on prison life and the possible negative response of outsiders. However, prison riots have historically proven a very useful tool in achieving the demands of malcontent prisoners or at least giving voice to the voiceless. In 1986, a riot broke out at the West Virginia State Penitentiary in response to overcrowding. Guards were taken hostage. Inmates’ lives were lost. But it ended with dialog between the governor and inmates and agreement to the prisoners’ demands.”

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