Kafka and America’s Prison Industrial Complex

By Blake Plante (PO ’19) “Thus do I counsel you, my friends: Mistrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.” —Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra Nietzsche writes that infliction of punishment unleashes a “festival of cruelty” which reaches its most jubilant form when organized by the state; that the pleasure in punishing must…

California Debates Healthcare

By Blake Plante (PO ’19) On Sunday October 22, the four Democratic candidates for the California gubernatorial race met in front of the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) for a substantive debate that explored single-payer/universal health care plans, the opioid crisis, mental health policy, right to work laws, sanctuary cities, how to gain bipartisan…

The Ends of Sanctions on North Korea

By Blake Plante (PO ’19) When reactionary sanctions are the international community’s only major response to North Korea’s dash for nuclearized ICBMs, it becomes essential to evaluate the possible results of sanctions on North Korea: is it likely that sanctions will prevent Pyongyang from developing nuclear warheads? What comes next if sanctions fail? How should…