What, Arendt asks, does the loss of human rights suffered by "the rightless
My argument focuses on the ways in which American prison conditions, contrary to European conditions, imply that offenders are devalued and therefore rightless
. Whitman's argument focuses on the ways in which American prison conditions, contrary to European conditions, degrade offenders and therefore illustrate their position at the bottom of the social hierarchy.
calamity of the rightless
," Arendt observes in a much-quoted
(224) 'The number of rightless
people grow even as human rights norms and standards proliferate.' (225)
Scholars disagree about where members of the imperial Russian polity stood between the opposing ideal types of the rights-bearing "citizen" and the rightless
"autocratic subject," particularly in their assessments of the post- 905 order.
Today, her words strike a powerful chord as we consider the circumstances of those people whose states hardly ever existed, failing even before they formed: The calamity of the rightless
is not that they are deprived of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, or of equality before the law and freedom of opinion--formulas which were designed to solve problems within given communities--but that they no longer belong to any community whatsoever....
(90) She writes: No paradox of contemporary politics is filled with a more poignant irony than the discrepancy between the efforts of well-meaning idealists who stubbornly insist on regarding as "inalienable" those human rights, which are enjoyed only by citizens of the most prosperous and civilized countries, and the situation of the rightless
In Capital, to cite one authoritative source, a philosopher named Karl Marx characterized workers as a group of people made "free and rightless
." In a sense, First Peoples -- particularly those in northern, rural circumstances -- have not yet been dispossessed of their rights.
In an early editorial, Sivanandan warned that international monopoly capital would lead to `a more repressive international order' as the state showed a new willingness to intervene on behalf of capital and move against `those rightless
sections' of the working class `defined as migrant or foreign'. The new economic and political developments that enabled capital to `discriminate in order to exploit' highlighted the `common denominators of struggle between the various sections of the working class, between the oppressed and the exploited, between race and class'.
Only saints or heroes, Melden reminds us, maintain their dignity in the face of the oppression and adversity likely to be faced by rightless
Salves were effectively rightless
, powerless and neutered.
On the contrary, like virtually all other events of our century, the solution of the Jewish question merely produced a new category of refugees, the Arabs, thereby increasing the number of stateless and rightless
by another 700,000 to 800,000 people.