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David Langwallner: Human Rights In A Coronavirus Panopticon, Broadsheet, 10 March 2021

Now of course we live in perilous times worldwide for the justice system and one can have far too much faith in legal processes to protect us as the rule of law and the cause of human rights diminishes and the gatekeepers have to enforce ever more draconian legislation. Constrained by the literal application of rules they often disagree with in civilised societies and by a worldwide society descending into borderline anarchy.

In this respect Jeremy Bentham developed the model prison The Panopticon of which Kilmainham in Dublin was an example to enforce 24 hour surveillance. not ultimately adopted due to its inhumane qualities.

Now modern society has become a worldwide Panopticon, as Foucault saw happening, and as the people of Cork in the peaceful protest last Saturday expressed beautifully.

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