- A response to Paul Pillar on Ukraine
- The harm of censorship is worse than the harm of debt? A response to: Should public libraries block payday loan websites?
- If public opinion is a tyrant, does journalism still serve democracy?
- Has Putin’s claim to bring glory back to Russia masked his betrayal?
- Surveillance and the experience of technological sin
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In his essay NATO Expansion and the Road to Simferopol Mr Pillar makes several arguments to suggest that the European Union, the United States, and NATO were as much responsible for Russia’s interventions in Ukraine as the Russian. His argument, … Continue reading
The harm of censorship is worse than the harm of debt? A response to: Should public libraries block payday loan websites?
On his blog, Adrian Short makes several arguments against internet “censorship” by Councils who block access to payday loan sites on library computers. Here is the link. Should public libraries block payday loan websites? He says that blocking access to … Continue reading
If Putin wanted to bring glory back to Russia, he would be doing the following. First, he would improve health care. Second, he would improve higher education. Third, he would create jobs. Fourth, he would free his … Continue reading
(This is the second part of an essay, the first part, published earlier can be found here.) If liberalism cannot satisfy the disgruntled individual, what will? Manning, Snowden and Tsarnaev attack on America has revealed liberalism’s limits in the social … Continue reading
We have heard from many writers that when the NSA and GCHQ monitor the web and communications across the web they engage in censorship or the surveillance becomes a form of censorship because it chills the freedom of expression and … Continue reading
Mark Duggan was a bad man. Although not a martyr, did he deserve to be killed? Does anyone deserve to be killed? To deserve to be killed suggests an outcome of a process. The person has done something whereby death … Continue reading
Background note: In response to the Snowden leaks about the National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance program, a review group was created on August 12, 2013. President Obama directed the establishment of a Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies. Their mission … Continue reading
We have heard many stories about the surveillance state and its power over the individual. We have heard that the United States has abused its position and its power to its advantage. Many people are outraged at what they believe … Continue reading
Famously, Plato solved this problem in the Republic by inventing the idea of the philosopher-king. The two roles, political and philosophical, were combined. His solution, though, showed the deeper problem that a philosopher, like Socrates, poses for any city. If … Continue reading
What has been a constant theme through the debate is that there is a technological solution (encryption) to what is perceived as a technological problem (surveillance). The problem, at its source, is not technological it is political. Why we … Continue reading