The third part of three philosophy talks, Ciaran is carrying on with the following themes: The shattering of globalised revolutionary impulse, and the long death of ideology-based unity; The problem with capitalism, communism and every shade inbetween; The competition to believe more extremely undermines all movements; A great and secret movement, the largest in history.
Judith Robertson, Chair of the Scottish Human Rights Commission, brings together a panel of people to discuss some of the issues around the prison system in Scotland. She starts by asking ‘Scottish prisons; are they fit for purpose ? Are they doing the job we want them to do ? Are they doing the job the state wants them to do ? Are they doing the job the Daily Mail wants them to do ? Which job are they doing, on who’s terms, and for whom ?
The rights of people who become prisoners and the rights of society in making those kind of decisions forms part of an international context of human rights. Nelson Mandela said “It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.” Read more
Recently I was approached with the question ‘How and why did you become a feminist?’…
I have to be honest throughout most of my life I thought that feminism had died a death since its second wave and that (at least in the UK) men and women were seen and treated as equals. I thought there was no need to wave placards and get angry any more as we were in a really good position as opposed to others around the world. This is why I wasn’t a feminist. Oh how wrong was I!