When Marx made the famous statement that “a people oppressing another cannot itself be free” he did not mean this merely as a moral judgment. He also meant that in a society whose rulers oppress another people the exploited class which does not actively oppose this oppression inevitably becomes an accomplice in it. Even when this class does not directly gain anything from this oppression it becomes susceptible to the illusion that it shares a common interest with its own rulers in perpetuating this oppression. Such a class tends to trail behind its rulers rather than to challenge their rule. This, furthermore, is even truer when the oppression takes place not in a faraway country, but “at home,” and when the national oppression and expropriation form the very conditions for the emergence and existence of the oppressing society.
Revolutionary organizations have operated within the Jewish community in Palestine since the 1920s and have accumulated considerable experience from such practical activity; this experience provides clear proof of the dictum that “a people oppressing another cannot itself be free.” In the context of Israeli society it means that as long as Zionism is politically and ideologically dominant within that society, and forms the accepted framework of politics, there is no chance whatsoever of the Israeli working class becoming a revolutionary class.
Spending on criminal defense for the poor fell 7.9 percent in Maryland from fiscal 2008 to fiscal 2012, compared to a national decrease of 4.3 percent, according to a recent Justice Department study….
While Maryland’s spending-drop was higher than average, it was not the most dramatic, the study shows — in New York, for example, spending fell by more than 40 percent over the same period. In other states, it increased by 20 percent or more.
Doug Colbert, a professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, said he doesn’t predict a significant increase in per capita indigent defense spending any time soon, largely due to lobbying against it.
"There are vested interests that oppose funding for lawyers who are committed to defending a poor person," he said, citing the bail-bond and jail construction industries.
Human emotions and cognition
leave a projective film over the poems
making them difficult to perceive.
Careful readers maintain a measured
distance from the works in order
to allow distortion-free comprehension
and to avoid damaging the meaning.