Michel Foucault

Anarchist Black Dragon: Volume 1, Issue 8, February 1981

Issue 8 of Anarchist Black Dragon. This issue was mainly edited by the outside solidarity committee based in Montreal as the inside members of the ABD collective were all underground, in restrictive segregation or had been exiled to other prisons as a result of their active involvement in the struggle. Features news of charges being dropped against Carl Harp, a strike movement at Walla Walla, a letter from an ex-SLA member, a trial following from the Pontiac uprising in Illinois, the Marion Federal Control Unit, Leonard Peltier, a controversial article called "Dungeons & Dragons" criticizing Black separatism, a review of Discipline & Punish, and more.

‘To live outside the trial’: Anarchist implications in Foucauldian readings of Franz Kafka’s 'In the Penal Colony' and 'The Trial'

An academic article by David Tulley about Franz Kafka’s engagement with anarchist theory in relation to two of his novels.

Anti State, Anti Capital, Anti Psychiatry

Anti-psychiatry is the belief that the psychiatric system is a system of social control masquerading behind made-up science. The Marxist anti-psychiatry movement failed because of it's overly intellectual focus and the inability of its key thinkers to put theory into practice. However, with mental health very much on the political agenda, there are lessons that can be learned from the work of R D Laing and David Cooper.

Discipline and punish: The birth of the prison - Michel Foucault

Barely two hundred and fifty years ago man condemned of attempting to assassinate the King of France was drawn and quartered in a grisly spectacle that suggested an unmediated duel between the violence of the criminal and the violence of the state.

Consumer Medicine: what sort of power do we have?

An article about the role of power in the medical system from the perspective of a healthcare worker.

Towards a futurology of the present - Marco Cuevas-Hewitt

Marco Cuevas-Hewitt outlines an emerging practice amongst radical writers; one entailing an attentiveness to intimations of alternative futures arising in the present. This "futurology of the present", as he calls it, represents a significant break with the hackneyed jeremiads and manifestos of earlier political generations, which limit themselves either to a simple negation of the present or to the authoritarian prescription of an idealised future. Delving into questions around the role of artists and writers in social movements and wider society, Cuevas-Hewitt's goal is a re-imagining of radical politics and a re-tooling of radical writerly practice.

All quiet on the workplace front?

A critique of recent trends in British industrial sociology

Panopticism - Michel Foucault

“Is it surprising that prisons resemble factories, schools, barracks, hospitals, which all resemble prisons?” This is chapter 3 of Foucault’s seminal work Discipline and Punish, which details the growth of surveillance and disciplinary power alongside the utilitarian logic of early capitalism.