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A Hidden Source of Labor Extraction in Prisons
A Hidden Source of Labor Extraction in Prisons

A Hidden Source of Labor Extraction in Prisons

Formal and informal associations in prisons are vital providers of food, financial support, physical security, education, news, legal representation, and more. The volume and scope of associations in prisons lay bare the diversity and extremity of needs that the state fails to meet, while also suggesting shortcomings with a patchwork approach by civil society for providing for critical public needs.

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How Environmental Law Created a World Awash in Toxic Chemicals

Of the estimated 350,000 chemicals now on the global market, only a handful have been properly tested. And as the looming crises with forever chemicals and micro-plastics make clear, we are only just beginning to grasp the enormous toll that these novel entities are taking on human health. How did our environmental law allow this to happen? And what can be done to correct it?

Seeing the University More Clearly

Crisis can be clarifying. Recent events on campuses across the country have forced many of us to look more closely at how our own universities work, including at the decades-long drift toward more powerful university presidents. Reversing this drift, and developing a more democratic model of internal governance, may be a prerequisite not only for rebuilding intellectual community but also for avoiding future campus conflagrations.

Imperialism’s Shell Game

While every possible form of pressure should be brought to bear on the Biden administration to cut off the flow of arms to Israel, the prevailing law and policy debate tends to obscure some key aspects of how U.S. imperialism actually works. For the United States does not simply ship arms abroad, it is also the world’s leading arms trafficker, wielding enormous power over how weapons made by other countries circulate throughout the world as an immense collection of commodities.

On Garrison, Douglass, and American Colonialism

In aiming to unsettle the dominant constitutional faith to forge a wholly different constitutional future, The Constitutional Bind sets its sights breathtakingly high. Whether the book reaches those heights will likely turn on whether it offers a viable path from our creedal constitutional present to such a utopian future.

Constitutional Politics and Dilemmas on the Left

Aziz Rana aims to free us from Constitution worship. An abiding faith in “redemptive” constitutionalism, his new book argues, has long held back liberals, progressives, and even the Left from seriously promoting major change in our structures of government. Yet key left figures and movements have always made canny use of redemptive constitutional narratives and arguments. Rejecting that tradition leaves far too much on the table.

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The Colleges are Alright

Despite the outsized attention they receive, “Ivy Plus” schools are ultimately a footnote in the larger story of higher education. The American system, while stratified, developed in such a way that stratification does not forestall opportunity. To understand this situation, we need to look back at a (failed) crusade to restrict access to college.

Weekly Roundup: June 7

Maryam Jamshidi on the securitization of the university, and Sarena Martinez on the quasi-sovereign power of insurers. Plus, a handful of must-attend LSA panels and events (including our happy hour!), a new report by Sabeel Rahman on State Capacity, Tim Wu and Lev Menand on the FTC’s non-compete ban, the first LPE NYC happy hour of the summer, an. . .

Facing the Quasi-Sovereignty of Insurers

Insurers are quasi-sovereign actors that can determine the price and terms of economic inclusion. State insurance commissioners have little leverage over insurers that threaten to withdraw coverage when faced with unfavorable regulations. The story of Prop 103 in California suggests that popular mobilization might serve as a counterweight to insurers’ power.. . .

Securitizing the University

At both the state and federal level, there are legislative efforts underway to depict students, faculty, and the university itself as potential enemies of the U.S. national security state that must be disciplined and controlled. If enacted, these laws will upend how universities function, who they welcome, and how they teach their students.

Weekly Roundup: May 31

William Boyd on our broken system of toxics regulation, and Zac Taylor on the limits of property insurance in Florida. Plus, a new paper by Sanjukta Paul on labor law and the firm, an interview with Mehrsa Baradaran about her new book, a policy report by Suzanne Kahn on investing in the care economy, and a review of Aziz Rana’s The Constitutional Bind. . .