Occidental Exile (baculus) wrote,
Occidental Exile

I have become uncomfortably numb.

During the last week I re-read Foucault's Discipline & Punish for a cultural history class. I felt a sense of vertigo reading an intellectual of the 1970s writing about torture, secret confinement and arbitrary power of national sovereigns as things that were part of the Western system of politics and jurisprudence three or four centuries earlier, and "now"--after two complete transformations of the penal process--literally inconceivable as a part of contemporary society.

Preach it, Brother Olbermann.
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