No Justice in Kafka’s America by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
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June 13, 2011

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In Franz Kafka’s short story “Before the Law” a tireless supplicant spends his life praying for admittance into the courts of justice. He sits outside the law court for days, months and years. He makes many attempts to be admitted. He sacrifices everything he owns to sway or bribe the stern doorkeeper. He ages, grows feeble and finally childish. He is told as he nears death that the entrance was constructed solely for him and it will now be closed.

Justice has become as unattainable for Muslim activists in the United States as it was for Kafka’s frustrated petitioner. The draconian legal mechanisms that condemn Muslim Americans who speak out publicly about the outrages we commit in the Middle East have left many, including Syed Fahad Hashmi, wasting away in supermax prisons.


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Chris Hedges spent two decades as a foreign reporter covering wars in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. His latest books are Death of the Liberal Class, and The World as It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress.


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2 thoughts on “No Justice in Kafka’s America by Chris Hedges

  1. Sandra Day O’Connor warned Americans in a speech she made shortly after retiring from the Supreme Court a few years ago. She cautioned that “the long slide into fascism is easier to stop at the top of the slide than near the bottom of the slide.” We apparently are closer to the bottom of the slide and it will take drastic, highly visible protests to this grossly un-American miscarriage of justice to turn around what has become tolerated and acceptable in the name of the fight on terrorism, itself a delusional exercise in futility.

  2. Sounds a lot like Nazi Germany! Is this what the US has become? Is there any possibility of appeal?

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