Moral Outrage in the Service of Empire

Human rights are worth defending. Human Rights Watch is not.

Portrait of Maduro

Illustration by The Diggers

The idea that human rights should be defended appears unobjectionable. In Latin America, the brutal experience of 1970s and ’80s military rule underscored the importance of protections against arbitrary detention, torture, and execution and convinced many on the Left that political rights that formerly might have been considered “bourgeois” — due process, freedom of speech and […]

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