Bio politics, Necropolitics, State of Exception “Who lives, Who dies?”

It doesn’t take a PhD in Political Science to understand that various political underpinnings evolved from the history of Nazi Germany in World War II. The most easily recognizable of political theories is totalitarianism. The others can range from bio politics to necropolitics and even state of exception which in short is the states sovereignty to say who lives and who dies. The killing fields and the war machines took billions of dollars to build while on the backs of those victims who would learn the realities of their labor. Gas chambers, starvation, torture, and mass murders occurred before the eyes of the world stage.

Over sixty years later and the killing fields and war machines now do not require major funding. In fact some of the worst forms of these death machines can be manufactured with little to no funding at all. Corruption of political leaders often acts as the currency to not just kill the bodies of its victims but to murder the minds, and through the layers of traumas it inflicts murders the soul, the identity, and even the voice of its victims. From pumping high levels of cocaine into the streets of South Central Los Angeles as a result of the “Dark Alliance” to racism and hate crimes by its officers as in the instance of Rodney King, from mandatory sentencing of drug offenders to the privatization and industrialization of America’s prison system. For the state to create lethal viruses for only a select few, would be considered a crime against humanity and justice would cry from the graves. Yet, only two out of ten children that reach the age of majority in America’s foster care system will “make it.” The other eight will become homeless, go to prison, or die. This is just one of the many killing fields in America and the war machine is funded and grows the most with no funding at all. Money is as foreign to this system as is love is to its victims.

The average age of a foster child is 10 years old. 40,000 children that enter the foster care system are infants, and approximately 20,000 children will leave the foster care system each year because they age out according to an ABC News report in 2006. In August of 2005 Laura Knaperek, a member of the Joint Legislative Committee on Children and Families in Arizona states that, “[T]he same system that is authorized to stop abuse seems to be one of the worst abuser.” She further stated that, “Nearly 10,000 children have been taken from their homes, with about 6,500 in foster homes and another 1,500 in a group-home setting. Amazingly, 280 are suspected runaways, children taken from bad homes and put into situations that caused them to flee (fixcas.com).” Lastly, Representative Knaperek reports that 13 children under state care died and that almost half of those that died were under one year old.

In the same year the 13 children died in Arizona while under state care, 50 children in California died while in state care, just one year prior 60 children died in the state of California’s foster care system. Representative Laura Knaperek also stated that, “Children in foster homes are three times more likely to be physically abused. The rate is 10 times higher in group homes. Children in group homes are 28 percent more likely than children in the general populace to experience sexual abuse.”

In 2012, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Arizona, reported that “Arizona has seen a 29% decrease in child deaths since 2005. During 2011, 837 children younger than 18 years of age died in Arizona; 214 child deaths involved drugs/alcohol; 199 children died as a result of prematurity; 71 children died as a result of maltreatment; 70 children died while in transit; 64 babies died in unsafe sleep environments; 42 children were victims of homicide; 39 children took their own lives; 32 children died by drowning; 23 children died by firearms; and 20 children died from infectious diseases (azcourts.gov)”.

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Once they reach 18 and age out of the system, only two out of ten will make it. The others will end up homeless, in prison or dead (Rosie O’Donell). Liars figure but figures don’t lie, the facts speak for themselves. This is just one of the many killing fields in America and the war machine is funded and grows the most with no funding at all. Money is as foreign to this system as is love is to its victims.

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7 Responses to Bio politics, Necropolitics, State of Exception “Who lives, Who dies?”

  1. jamietraxler says:

    I think it’s definitely interesting how you talk about “love to its victims”. We live in such a capitalist system that I think part of the problem is that the government and big businesses don’t recognize it’s people as actual people anymore and just commodities. I think we need to get back to recognizing everyone as human beings especially our children and those who need our help.

  2. dlopezra says:

    The statements that you have presented are very sad but unfortunately true. We live in a country that victimizes those who can’t speak for themselves. Children are most susceptible to experience abuse. Foster care children who don’t have a stable household, parental figure, families, are extremely prone to dangerous forms of abuse. The foster care system is the most victimizing structure of government. The outcomes for foster care children are so degrading; I just can’t believe we let our society and government get to this results.

    So I have a question for you Ernesto. What are you doing to reduce these outcomes for foster care children?

  3. kasaunde says:

    Very bold of you to compare the Nazi killing to foster care. Definitely grabs the attention of the reader and really brings to the table how important this situation really is! The statistics you bring up are very shocking to see, and I don’t believe the public is very aware of this situation. I know I wasn’t. The article held my attention and was a very unique way of writing. Great job!

  4. yesdelrinc says:

    “Corruption of political leaders often acts as the currency to not just kill the bodies of its victims but to murder the minds, and through the layers of traumas it inflicts murders the soul, the identity, and even the voice of its victims.”

    Such an incredibly chilling line! However, I would suggest to invert the idea a bit. Isn’t it so that Currency is what corrupts political leaders? You paint a haunting image. Not only is this an oppression and violence shown towards the actual bodies of victims, but also this is a distubance of each individuals identity and ultimatley their very being. We often get caught up in the social structures, such as the intersections of identity, that are used as ways to oppress multiple social groups. I also think it is necessary to focus on how the corruption of political leaders does not only reinforce the rigid social constructs in which we live, but also harms the core of our very being…

  5. valenciaaz says:

    Well, I was told during my undergraduate work by many professors that we ought “To seize this time. We will not have an opportunity such as we have now to sit in a room with intelligent minds testing our ideas.” I count it as a privilege to be amongst the great minds of my peers in this class, testing ideas.

    When I first started I wanted to go to law school. It was through my education that I learned of the social injustices that surround our world. At first I had such an deep indescribable sorrow that I never felt before. Sorrow for humanity. Sorrow to know these things existed. Sorrow because I had only cared about myself up until this point. I applied for the MA in Social Justice and Human Rights so that I can become equipped to activate sectors of our society, influence law makers to change policy, and try to service the needs of the community that desperately need it. To be a voice for those who have none. To defend those who can’t defend themselves.

    In short I wanted to learn how to change society from the inside out. I am on the PhD track of my degree, I am hoping to possibly do a dual major after i graduate. Either a JD/PhD in Justice Studies and Social Inquiry at ASU main or a JD/PhD in Philosophy at the U of A dependent on who will take me. Since August I have read close to 2,000 pages of research and material that describe the horrors of Sex Trafficking to the horrors of a broken foster care system, to the horrors of lynching and genocide not just world wide but here in America. Not just from the past, but the present as well. I am in the first step of activism…… raising awareness…. 😉

  6. dlopezra says:

    On November 18 there was a story published by the NBC news entitled, “NC couple held on bond after foster child found in sickening squalor” describes a disturbing setting at a North Carolina home depicting an 11-year-old foster child “handcuffed to a porch with a dead chicken hanging on his neck.” As the story goes on, it is chilling to read the follow passages. One of the Sheriffs at the scene describes the setting “as bad as you think that house was on the outside, that’s probably the cleanest part of that place” and the “‘disbelief’ that someone could treat children that way.” The way the conditions are described, it does not seem logical that a children’s agency would allow two individuals to foster children in such a disheveled home. To make matters worse, the NC couple held jobs as a supervisor with the Union County Department of Social Services and as an emergency room nurse. Personally, there needs to be a better system that does not allow children to land in the hands of people who are psychologically impaired. I just cannot believe a government agency allowed this error to happen.

    http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/11/18/21521159-nc-couple-held-on-bond-after-foster-child-found-in-sickening-squalor?lite

  7. anapuri11 says:

    This is very interesting. Many forget to think of the children who are actually “on our own soil,” so to speak. Often, people have strong efforts to fix the problems overseas more than those in our backyards. I guess that speaks to the issue of the massive inability to accept ones own faults. Everything isn’t greener on the other side of the American border, we’re on the greener side, and we need to fix everything that’s wrong on the other side.

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