“the argument of the Hollow Hope isn’t radical. What is radical is the belief that litigation can produce significant social reform, that rights triumph over politics. This is a historically odd idea. Until the mid-twentieth century, proponents of significant social reform mostly understood that change would only come through the building and nurturing of social […]Read more "Legal Education and Social Movements: Does it Compute?"
“from the vantage point of the everyday relations of slavery, enjoyment, broadly speaking, defined the parameters of racial relations, since in practice all whites were allowed a great degree of latitude in regard to uses of the enslaved… Black’s Law Dictionary defines the term ‘enjoy’ as ‘to have, possess, and use with satisfaction; to occupy […]Read more "Whiteness as Incorporeal Hereditament"
“Those who practice social justice law are essentially swimming upstream while others are on their way down. Unless you are serious about your direction and the choices you make and the need for assistance, teamwork and renewal, you will likely grow tired and start floating along and end up going downstream with the rest. We […]Read more "Gathering fragments: stumbling towards an examined law school life"
The following is an excerpt from my ‘Thinking Cities’ Project ~~~ The Thinking, Conscious City “if something is built very differently to us, then however human-like its behaviour, its consciousness might be very different to ours” ~ Murray Shanahan Consciousness and cognition, self-awareness and thought. We associate such concepts with human beings (see: Antonio Damasio, […]Read more "Thinking Cities"
“There is a painting by Klee called Angelus Novus. An angel is depicted there who looks as though he were about to distance himself from something which he is staring at. His eyes are opened wide, his mouth stands open and his wings are outstretched. The Angel of History must look just so. His face […]Read more "‘Felonization’ and policing at the intersections of race and mental vulnerability"
What is whistleblowing, who is a whistleblower and why should society protect them? The famous U.S. cases of Chelsea Manning and Daniel Ellsberg have fragmented public opinion. Both ‘spoke up’ when they saw wrongdoing that affected the public interest and helped expose serious misconduct, incompetence and corruption. Both were employed by the U.S. military and […]Read more "Whistleblower protection legislation in Canada: Is it effective?"
“Dust is a ledger of past existence: dead skin cells and plant pollen, hair and paper fibers. Dust is also an ephemeral gathering place for dust mites and fungi. It is at once a random community of what has been and what is yet to be, and a figure of dispersion: a loose assemblage that […]Read more "A philosophy of dust"