Christian Parenti is associate professor of Economics at John Jay College, City University of New York (CUNY). He is the author of four books, including Lockdown America: Police and Prisons in the Age of Crisis. His most recent book is Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence. He has reported extensively from Afghanistan, Iraq, and various parts of Africa, Asia, and Latin America for The Nation, Fortune, The London Review of Books, The New York Times, and other publications. His latest article appears in the new issue of Jacobin.