“J.C. Duvalier, Bon Retour!”

[published in CounterPunch, 7 October, 2014] This is an extract from Julian Vigo’s latest book to be released this month, Earthquake in Haiti: The Pornography of Poverty and the Politics of Development (Baobab Tree Books, 2015). A graffiti inscription which crossed my path—quite literally—in the Delmas region of Port-au-Prince…

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…