The law evokes a sense of immovability and stasis. In the United States, as in many other countries, legal proceedings are infused with pomp, tradition, and precedence. We expect that legality has permanence: we use the term “natural law” to describe the unchanging working of the universe, we campaign to…
The patent office was not only given the mandate to consider laboratory life as chemistry, but the mantle of apolitical neutrality to cloak its actions.
Alexina did not bother to contest the authenticity of the thick paper trail that documented her sale to James White. If the court agreed that she was white, those contracts would automatically be rendered invalid and she would be free.
Our strategy right now is to get ready for the worst, and hope that the Republicans in Congress don’t give Trump the resources to carry out threats he made during his presidential campaign.
When we have an ideal that is unquestioned—the home, the family, country life, at the turn of the last century—it creates a weapon for use against anyone who seems to challenge those structures.
In the United States, the descendants of immigrants are culturally obsessed with proving our Americanness. In Brazil, it’s completely different. People use immigrant designations over generations and generations.
The interception of migrants at sea illustrates how powerful states, such as the US, exercise their sovereignty in a geographically flexible fashion, pushing their own borders offshore while infringing on the territory of others.
If you no longer have those traditions in place, what is it, if anything, that is doing the work of helping us think about death, whether our own or that of others?