“There are many steps a person must take to become a citizen of the United States.
“But for Olga Paule Perrier-Bilbo — a French citizen living in Scituate, Massachusetts since 2000 — the most challenging part of obtaining American citizenship is the four words at the end of the United States citizenship oath: “So help me God.”Read More »
Whether one believes that law is provided by God (Natural Law), is created by human intellect (Positivism), a gendered institution perpetuating patriarchy (Feminism) or the maintainer of the status quo against marginalised groups (Critical Legal Studies), undergirding those beliefs is the assumption that law is autonomous. In its autonomy, law operates as an impartial arbiter of “right”. Law sustains society through universal regulation. Law is considered autonomous because it is considered to have a “mind/logic” of its own. However, for Pashukanis and Commodity-Form Theorists such as Isaac D. Balbus and China Miéville law slaves for Capitalism.Read More »
It’s easy to blame this on failings of individual discipline, and plenty of people do. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) recently griped about Americans who “are just spending every darn penny they have, whether it’s on booze or women or movies.” And there’s a whole cottageindustry of personal finance scolds insisting that everyone could save massive amounts if they just had the willpower.Read More »
The FCC is under attack—and so too is the First Amendment. As the primary regulator of how media and information gets to our nation’s citizens, the Federal Communications Commission has a critical role to play in protecting the open Internet, free speech, and free press in our democracy. Though the agency has always enjoyed a cozy relationship with the industries it regulates, ever since the Trump administration arrived in Washington, the FCC’s mission to preserve the public commons has been threatened, assaulted and torn asunder. And like a bad horror movie cliché, these calls to eviscerate the FCC have been coming from inside the agency.Read More »
From The Indian Express: Yogendra Yadav, who is part of a platform of over 180 farmers’ organisations that have come together to raise key demands, says: “(One of the things) I have seen, which cuts across all farmers, is anger against government. This all-round disenchantment is more so against the current government at the Centre.”
Yogendra Yadav has been one of the main drivers behind the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee, a platform of over 180 organisations that have come together to raise two key demands concerning the country’s farming community. The first one is to make minimum support prices (MSP) for crops a statutorily-guaranteed right and the second is to create a permanent institutional mechanism to confer farmers “freedom from debt”. In an interview, he discusses the current state of farmers and the way forward.Read More »
A Frontier Editorial | Vol. 50, No.23, Dec 10 – 16, 2017
Flouting the constitution is so rampant that opposition parties, not excluding left parties, otherwise mired in the cesspool of parliamentary opportunism, have of late, stopped talking about it. Throughout India there is now a visible swing towards centralisation and erosion of democratic culture at every level. The people are witnessing a paradigm shift in democratic governance but the shift is for the worse. Discourse on democracy and human rights makes little sense as it is a tale of indifference, if not deliberate neglect. Indians live in a time when they would like to celebrate ceremonial values more than instrumental values. And it is nowhere so glaring as in observing Human Rights Day. The outcome of the Protection of Human Rights (PHR) Act, has been a classic case of upholding ceremonial niceties rather than instrumental application. No wonder this is the fate of most Rights Acts, passed by parliament and guaranteed under the Constitution. There are so many constitutional rights for the citizens that the showcase of Indian democracy is dazzling. In reality it is a mirage, it creates a false notion of democratic space which is virtually absent in Modi’s out and out autocratic dispensation.Read More »
The Planning Commission did not wither away; it was obliterated; and the commissioning of NITI AAYOG has shrouded the avowed practice of economic planning. Be that as it may, it is prudent to judge India’s economic plans not in terms of their ‘promises’ and “undoing” but, by an approximation of how far the germination of the idea of planning was conceivable in a situation in which alternative to planning was deemed irreconcilable. Further, the onus is on the posterior attempts towards making in appraisal of the devolution of the idea of planning in an environment epitomised by the stream of arguments about the techniques, philosophy and intention of planning—an environment within which planners had to take decisions since getting away with planning at that particular juncture did not withstand merit.Read More »
An activist from Naples called Chiara addresses delegates to Potere al Popolo’s founding meeting
A new political movement has emerged in Italy in the last few weeks, aiming to provide a focal point for the anti-austerity left in the build-up to the general election next spring.
This is particularly good news, since the alternative options range from neoliberal austerians to overtly xenophobic, racist, quasi-fascist formations, with no genuine left-of-centre party in the running.Read More »
There were at least two strong indicators of the paralysis of the 11th World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires. One was the Argentine government’s revocation of the accreditation of 64 representatives from 19 civil society organisations. And the second is that there was no Ministerial Declaration coming out of Geneva.
I will start with a paradoxical syllogism.
· One: The World Trade Organisation (WTO) – a multilateral trade negotiations body – is a veritable war machine controlled by the West.