Governmentality and Crime

What strikes the difference between David Garland and other thinkers on state and security is that he envisages the need to adopt a security and safety program that is totally pegged on all fronts of life, as opposed to other models that are less comprehensive. According to Garland, the realization of state security only comes in when matters that touch on the state and human existence have all been considered into the state security framework.

These factors are the social realm of the government, statistics and the bio-power as components of the social dimension of human life, the actuarial forms of reasoning and the concept of government by itself. Garland sees as unfeasible, a governing system that fails to seal the gap between the ideals (theories of life) of life and the manner in which these ideals are to promote the quality of human life (technology).

It is also when the state takes into consideration, the fact that government only implies the imposition of wise restraint and inculcates the respect for natural processes in its economy and civilization, that crime will have been easily managed, according to Garland. In about the same wavelength, Garland maintains that state security deeply depends on the need to take account of the social realm of the government. In this sense, Garland says that it is only when the laws of the land are cognitive with the cultural practices and customs of the populace that there can be harmony in the regulation of the state.

On an economic front, Garland posits that the need to inculcate state security and to abate crime is also pegged on the government’s capacity to assimilate its citizens in its economic process. This is because a population that is divorced from the instruments and forces of production remains disabled from realizing its basic needs. At the same time, it is true that a population whose basic needs are not met is in danger of extinction (Allan 2005). There is no way an endangered population will observe the rule of law in the distribution of values.

Conclusion It is therefore incumbent upon human government to ensure that the rule of law is totally identifiable with the socio-economic and the inherent predisposition of man. This is important since it is this measure that will instill tenable laws. Laws that are out of touch with human lives are not only bound to be breached, but also destined to bolster chances for revolution. Reference Allan, P. (2005). Garland on the Concept of Government and Crime. New York: Prentice Hall.