Panopticism and Pre-Emptive Discipline in the UK

[published in CounterPunch, 19 September, 2014] The Panopticon functions as a kind of laboratory of power.  Thanks to its mechanisms of observation, it gains in efficiency and in the ability to penetrate into men’s behaviour; knowledge follows the advances of power, discovering new object of knowledge over…

Too Many Notes

[published in CounterPunch, 1 July, 2013] Emperor Joseph II: My dear young man, don’t take it too hard. Your work is ingenious. It’s quality work. And there are simply too many notes, that’s all. Just cut a few and it will be perfect. Mozart: Which few did you have…

The Left Hand of Darkness

[published in CounterPunch, 7 June, 2013] Since January of this year, the word ‘transphobia’ has been bantered about in mass media and social networking circles to such intensity that its definition has been expanded and in some instances grossly misrepresented.  ‘Transphobia’ has been used in recent months…