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…

Dispelling Fictions and Disrupting Hashtags

[published in CounterPunch, 25 August, 2016] Last week there was a hashtag assault on gender critical women called #TERFweek enacted by a handful of transgender activists on the Internet which resulted in the usual series of straw man arguments and fictions crafted about anyone who writes critiques of gender. The usual…

Child Trafficking and Adoption in Haiti

[published in CounterPunch, 13 September, 2013] UNICEF estimates that approximately 300,000 Haitian children are restavèk (child slaves) and that 3,000 children are trafficked out of Haiti each year.  However, these figures are widely considered conservative both because there are no serious studies to date on this subject…