I suppose this Christmas break I’ll finish studying for the GRE Math section. When I get back to LA in the summer I’ll have my same job only, for the first time in two years, no Europe trip to save up for, so I suppose that money will finally go to paying for grad school. It’s probably about time to get my life back on schedule.
Walter Benjamin, Paralipomena to ‘On the Concept of History’
Gilles Deleuze - Two Regimes of Madness (via monakareem)
Mark Ciavarella Jr, a 61-year old former judge in Pennsylvania, has been sentenced to nearly 30 years in prison for literally selling young juveniles for cash. He was convicted of accepting money in exchange for incarcerating thousands of adults and children into a prison facility owned by a developer who was paying him under the table. The kickbacks amounted to more than $1 million.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has overturned some 4,000 convictions issued by him between 2003 and 2008, claiming he violated the constitutional rights of the juveniles – including the right to legal counsel and the right to intelligently enter a plea. Some of the juveniles he sentenced were as young as 10-years old.
Ciavarella was convicted of 12 counts, including racketeering, money laundering, mail fraud and tax evasion. He was also ordered to repay $1.2 million in restitution.
His “kids for cash” program has revealed that corruption is indeed within the prison system, mostly driven by the growth in private prisons seeking profits by any means necessary.
There is no Hell hot enough.
But the “criminal justice system” itself, with its contracts with private prisons, does exactly what this man did.
I have been thinking of the contemporary injunction, ‘You shouldn’t judge’, which seems pathetically Christian (surely not the Jewish God) in the Nietschean sense. Without even delving into Kant, Derrida, etc., is it a distrust of the krisis (as the Greek decision, judgement, distinguishing, etc.) which collapses into ‘crisis control’, ‘crisis management’, etc., acknowledging the crisis only despite itself (the principle of government).
Jacques Ranciére Chronicles of Consensual Times (via hollmanlozano)
L’état, by way of the Ministère de l’Éducation nationale in a top-down design, dictates ‘Les 4 notions’, which are this year: ‘Mythes et héros ; Lieux et formes du pouvoir ; l’Idée du progrès ; Espace et échanges’. Already this is ideologically French, for who wrote more directly of power than Foucault? The import of a foreign language is that it does not carry with it merely a different way of speaking but a wholly other way of thinking. One is not taught to think that which is properly thought, thus the French instance on the factual, to which one ought to respond quoting Conrad: ‘They wanted facts. Facts! They demanded facts from him, as if facts could explain anything.’ Such ‘notions’ become a Procrustean bed.