This is (along with Islamism and
neoliberalism) one of a certain number of global issues on which Foucault can
be credited with having shown a degree of prescience; and the future he
foresees is sombre.
Deregulation is often packaged as a fight against red tape or a drive to
improve efficiency by removing so-called ‘burdens’ on business or ‘barriers’ to
trade. But such ‘burdens’ are the social and environmental
standards that protect us all and the world we live in.
Should a serious migration crisis erupt as a result of
conflict escalation in Ukraine, the odds are that the V4 would need assistance
through exactly the kind of EU solidarity mechanism they now oppose.
Does it make sense for the Left to participate in a race between two conservatives? Should we leave home and vote for the harmless and bland Komorowski, or should we allow for a victory by the Law and Justice candidate, Duda?
Last week the
European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg rejected a Polish appeal on CIA-prison
cases involving the violation of numerous human rights' guarantees on behalf of
two Guantanamo detainees. This was an important lesson.
a ruling described by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch as
“landmark”, the European Court of Human Rights has passed excoriating judgment
on the US “war on terror” following the attacks of 2001.
The radical political ideas of Jacek Kuroń, the Polish opposition leader of the 1960s and 70s - without whom Lech Wałęsa’s Solidarity would never have come into being - have been relegated to the archives far too soon. It's time to revive them.
Legitimising the politics of mass surveillance wouldn’t be
possible in Poland if it wasn’t successfully tested by much more influential
governments – such as the UK or
France – and white-washed by the EU.
Peter Emerson is director of the de Borda Institute in Belfast that works on improving voting systems. How for example could decision-making in Poland's parliament be organised, as an alternative to the absolute power that even the tiniest majority currently wields? Interview.