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Elliot Sperber is an attorney, teacher, and researcher/writer focusing on legal theory, political theory, and human rights.


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Lady Justice Wednesday, August 27, 2014 (2 comments)     

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Beyond Reparations - Ferguson and Actual Justice This article discusses the issue of reparations in the context of the killing of Mike Brown, and argues that actual justice requires not only reparations for all people, but reparations in the form of the decommodification of our society.

dome of the rock Monday, August 11, 2014 (1 comments)     

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The No-State Solution to Israel, Palestine and the World Among other things, this article discusses the nature of imperialism, nationalism, and emancipatory politics in the context of the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine, and argues that since the nation-state is an instrument of war, a meaningful peace necessitates not a one state or a two state solution, but the supercession of the nation-state.

U.S. Marines in Operation Wednesday, July 30, 2014 (3 comments)     

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Fighting Without Winning, Winning Without Fighting This article argues that the most effective way to resist war (and the class war that subsumes particular wars) is by radical noncooperation in general, and by a general strike in particular.

IMG_0658 Friday, July 18, 2014 (2 comments)     

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Trickle Down Civil War This article discusses the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the harms it is expected to cause, and its relation to national sovereignty, abuses of executive power, and a critical concept of democracy, among other things.

wisconsin protests Monday, July 7, 2014 (2 comments)     

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Preconditions for an Actually Democratic Society This article examines the meaning of the concept of democracy, and argues, among other things, that democracy requires certain basic material conditions; moreover, it argues that because democracy is the regime of the inalienable, and capitalism is the regime of the alienable, the two are fundamentally opposed. From that point, the preconditions for an actual democracy - and a basic income law - are discussed.

firework in rio Friday, January 3, 2014 (3 comments)     

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This Is Not a New Year a critique of celebrating the ancient roman/christian calendar

Sumayya and her cat in front of her demolished home 2002, 2nd Intifada Monday, December 16, 2013 (2 comments)     

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Israel, Palestine, and Mexico - Solidarity at the Guadalajara International Book Fair Amidst considerable controversy, the Guadalajara Book Fair honored the State of Israel this year. Mexican writer and activist Malu Huacuja del Toro discusses the context of the book fair, and publishes the plea for peace - written for the event by writer Elliot Sperber - that she read there.

landlord and serfs Monday, December 9, 2013 (5 comments)     

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Kill the Landlord, but Save the Man This article discusses the relationship between the genocide, and cultural genocide, of Native Americans and landownership, and argues for a just redistribution of wrongfully concentrated real property.

Image created from image crediting Friday, November 29, 2013 (1 comments)     

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Thanks for Giving What? Commerce or Community? Among other things, this article discusses Thanksgiving's relationship to Black Friday, and the contradictions in US history, particularly the contradiction between commerce and community.

Image created from image crediting Monday, November 25, 2013 (2 comments)     

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The Sleepwalkers Are Revolting This article discusses the ongoing sleep deprivation epidemic, and how it results in an inability to think which is deeply related to ongoing political problems

Thursday, November 7, 2013 (4 comments)     

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Russell Brand and the Necessary Planetary Adjustment This article discusses Russell Brand's call for revolutionary change, and its relation to the issue of voting, and the concept of law, among other things.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 (4 comments)     

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Russell Brand and the Leader Question This article discusses Russell Brand and the question of whether social movements need leaders, or need no leaders.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 (1 comments)     

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The Concept of Crises This article discusses the concept of the crisis and analyzes contemporary crises in light of its historical meaning.

Sunday, October 13, 2013 (3 comments)     

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The Spirit of Columbus - Jesus Christ, Columbus, and the US Constitution This article discusses the Catholic Church, Columbus, and the US Constitution. In addition to arguing that they share extremely similar structures, it points out that they share a similar exception as well.

Monday, October 7, 2013 (1 comments)     

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THE SURPRISE PARTY (the ACA, the Tea Party, Occupy, and the Shutdown Showdown) This article discusses the interrelations between Obamacare, the shutdown, the Tea Party, the Occupy movement, and the need for an emancipatory politics.

Monday, September 23, 2013 (3 comments)     

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Fukushima Economics Among other things, this article discusses the Fukushima Economy - the toxic, capitalist economy - as it relates to the minimum wage, and argues that even if the wage is raised, it is at best a superficial amelioration of long-term, systemic problems that require radical change

Monday, September 9, 2013     

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Kaiser Obama - From WWI to WWIII This article discusses Barack Obama's foreign policy, compares the present rush to war with Syria to the lead up to World War I, and considers the possibility of nuclear war, among other things

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 (9 comments)     

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Freedom and Jobs, or Freedom from Jobs This article discusses the fundamental antagonism that exists between freedom and jobs.

Monday, August 26, 2013 (4 comments)     

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Hey Idiot! This article discusses the double meaning of the term idiot - i.e., fool and heteronomous subject

//www.flickr.com/photos/53587319@N05/9488584149/ Thursday, August 22, 2013 (2 comments)     

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Snowden - Knowledge (of Metadata) Is Power This article discusses the relationship between knowledge, hidden knowledge/secrets, state secrets, and power.

Bezos laughing Monday, August 19, 2013 (2 comments)     

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Bozos Like Bezos and Crooked Cory Booker - The Californian Ideology Becomes Hegemonic This article discusses the techno-fatalistic Californian Ideology - which, among other things, is prevalent among the information technology community - and it's relationship to Cory Booker, Jeff Bezos, the Washington Post, and other contemporary things.

Friday, August 16, 2013 (6 comments)     

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Bradley Manning - The Anti-Eichmann This article compares and contrasts the alleged crimes and treatment of war crimes resister Bradley Manning with the war criminal Adolf Eichmann.

Thursday, August 15, 2013 (2 comments)     

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Extreme Times, Extreme Demands - The Health of the People Should Be the Supreme Law This article discusses the difference between law and justice. And, after a brief history of the legal maxim and constitutional metanorm salus populi suprema lex esto (the health of the people is the supreme law) provides an argument for an empirical, non-coercive, emancipatory conception of justice.

//commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Indigenous_Australian_Hunters_1901_Korensky.jpg: Indigenous Australian Hunte Monday, August 12, 2013     

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The Private, the Public, and the (Re)Public; The Danger of the Right's Ideas on "Liberty" the redistribution of society's wealth is required in order to correct a monumentally unjust enrichment. That is, justice requires ensuring not only that the people of the world receive those resources necessary for human flourishing; it also requires dispersing murderously obtained concentrations of wealth, restoring the people of the world to an approximation of their pre-wronged position.