Barry Schwabsky is art critic for The Nation. He also writes regularly for such publications as New Left Review and Artforum (where is co-editor of international reviews). He has taught at Maryland Institute College of Art, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Yale University, and Goldsmiths College (University of London), among others. His most recent books are a collection of critical essays on art writers and art writing, Words for Art: Criticism, History, Theory, Practice (Sternberg Press, Berlin, 2013) and a collection of poems, Trembling Hand Equilibrium (Black Square Editions, New York, 2015). In 2016 Verso (New York and London) will publish The Perpetual Guest: Art in the Unfinished Present, a selection of Schwabsky’s art criticism from The Nation.
A historical parallel that might add to Cole's well-put points, particularly regarding lawyers defending Guantánamo detainees: John Adams agreed to serve as defense attorney for the British soldiers who fired on Americans in the Boston Massacre. He believed it strengthened the American cause to give the British soldiers a fair trial.