Monthly Archives: November 2013

On Blogs and Totalitarianism

Hyperspace_exitNot long ago I started this blog but with considerable trepidation. I wondered what I could write about and whether anything I write about would be of any possible interest to the general but random reader in hyperspace and worried about the time involved. However, rather to my surprise it has been an exciting experience.  In this post I will try to reflect on the experience, describe my first ever post and try to develop some fresh connections between notions of legal positivism, democracy, ideology and economic totalitarianism.

The inspiration for my first ever post came from reading Ana França’s article published in the New Statesman on 27 June 2013.[1]  She described the way that the democratically elected government in Hungary used its overwhelming majority in parliament to amend existing constitutional protection for basic rights and freedoms, such as for instance freedom of expression, quite against the interests of the citizens and ultimately the long-term national interest. Continue reading

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Dinner at Lincoln’s Inn

lincolns-innOn Friday 1 November 2013 I was invited by the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn for its annual Law Tutor’s Forum and a rather sumptuous dinner.

An Inn is an association of lawyers mainly barristers organised for mutual support and education of barristers. Lincoln’s Inn is fortunate in being able to occupy about 11 acres of prime central London historical property behind the High Court and next to Lincoln’s Inn Square since about 1422.

The evening opened with a short talk on the current proposals for the reforms in legal education and training followed by a discussion.  The main concern revolved around the question of regulation of the way lawyers provide legal services to the public in the face of the political dominance of market ideology and whether, in the face of the ‘market’, the legal profession should continue to be regulated at the training stage following academic stage of legal education. Currently the Solicitors’ Regularity Authority and the Bar Standards Board between them regulate access to practice in the legal profession by assessing not only competencies but also ethical and professional standards. Continue reading

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On Resistance and narrow boats

P1030327On a rather wet evening last Friday, 8 November, 2013, I walked along a short stretch of the  Regents Canal at Kings Place, to the main campus of Central Saint Martins for a symposium ‘On Resistance’ and the launch of Professor Howard Caygill’s latest book entitledOn Resistance: A Philosophy of Defiance[1]

The event was organised by the London Graduate School and CRMEP[2] in association with Art & Philosophy @ Central Saint Martins. The glittering panel included Professors Jacqueline Rose, Peter Hallward, Costas Douzinas, Michael Dillon and Howard Caygill.[3]

The speakers told us about the possibilities of subjectivities of resistance, the transformative potentialities on the body politic of such events as The Occupy Movement, the August 2010 riots in London, or the Silent Man in Turkey, and even the socio-political significance of the 1960 riots in Paris. Continue reading

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