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Slaveries, June 2004
- Introduction: Moral Empire and the Rhetoric of Slaveries
Cynthia Hoffman, Joe Lockard
This Slaveries issue remembers the original words of the Internationale: "Esclaves, debout, debout / Le monde va changer de base / Nous ne sommes rien, soyons tout" (in the IWW songbook translation, "Arise, ye slaves, no more in thrall; / The earth shall rise on new foundations, / We have been naught, we shall be all.")
- Natural Law, Positive Law, Slavery, and Nuremberg: Toward a Pragmatic Legal Criticism
Using African slavery and the Nuremberg trials as examples, this essay reviews the debates surrounding conflicting influences of natural law and positive law, rejecting the rhetoric of both in favor of a pragmatic critique of social injustice.
- Slavery and Genovese's Delusions
Genovese impressively overthrew many existing assumptions within US slave historiography, only to replace them with dissimulations and distortions that were yet another set of theological postulates in the name of Marxism.
- [Un]Authorised Voices - Who Speaks for the Slave?
Slaves have consistently fought to speak for themselves by acquiring that knowledge which was forbidden to them and using it to contest their objectification; surely we therefore owe it to them to listen to what they have to say rather than to attempt to speak for them and surely we must respect the authority in their voices rather than assume we need some independent authorisation before we can trust their testimony?
- Sex Slavery and Queer Resistance in Eastern Europe
Tomasz Kitlinski, Joe Lockard
Fourteen years into transition from the communist system, eastern Europe is undergoing an economic and ideological crisis.
- Working for Welfare in the Antipodes: An Incarnation of Wage-Slavery
Work-for-the-dole or community wages only makes sense if the principle of "mutual obligation" is taken seriously and decisions are genuinely freely chosen.
- Image Slaves
The phenomenon of reality television represents the increasing trend toward the corporate colonization of the 'real.'
- The Hyperreality of Global Democracy and the Reality of a Void and Illusionary Enslavement
This is the basis for a paternalistic, master vs. slave relationship, which, presented as democratic, reinforces forms of dominance and control. It could be defined as the hyperreality of global democracy: the continuous reiteration of a faulty democracy.
- Review Essay: Francis Bok's Escape from Slavery and Contemporary Slave Narratives
The concept of 'slave narrative' registers as a literary antiquity, one that disappeared with the living memory of slavery. According to the United Nations, there are some twenty-seven millions living in forced servitude today; there were only four million slaves freed by the US Civil War.