Bernard E. Harcourt’i tekste ootan ja loen suure huviga, sest tema vaatenurgad, argumentatsioon ja väljenduslaad lihtsalt äratavad huvi. Lisaks on kriitilise teooria küsimused midagi sellist, millest oleks kasulik mõnikord mõelda-lugeda, sest nii võib juhtuda, et mõtlejas-lugejas toimuvad mingid muutused. Siinsel lehel on kriitiline teooria saanud samuti mõningast tähelepanud – vt siinviidatud vabalevis oleva artikli kontekstis nt siit ja siit. Tekst on lühike ja lööv ja vabalevis, sestap vaid mõned vihjed nendele, kel ei ole aega artiklit avada, kuid kellele siinsed vihjed ehk siiski tõuke annavad.

Kontekstist:

As I write these words, people are being violated, slashed, stabbed, and deprived of food and security at the jail on Rikers Island in New York City, with almost a third of the guard staff not even showing up for work. 1 As of mid-October 2021, thirteen people imprisoned at Rikers have died this year. 2 Our jails and prisons are broken—an intolerable crisis, as the GIP maintained already in 1970.

Vihjed, mis juhatavad sügavama huvi korral:

We think we know the story: Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, Jean-Marie Domenach, Pierre Vidal-Naquet, and others created the conditions of possibility for the men and women in prison to be heard. The GIP aimed “to let those who have an experience of prison speak. Not that they need us to help ‘raise consciousness’: awareness of oppression is crystal clear there; they know the enemy well. But the present system denies them the means to express and organize themselves,” a GIP tract declared on March 15, 1971.

Kus te olete!

Where are our academic philosophers today on the problem of racialized mass incarceration? In the United States, the horrors of the punitive society are worse than they were in France in the early 1970s.

Harcourt, B. E. (2021). “Let those who have an experience of prison speak”: The Critique & Praxis of the Prisons Information Group (1970-1980)Foucault Studies, 65-70.