Category Archives: republicanism

Is the web now a scout and spy for the passions?

We often see the web as a place where people can share information and learn. In many ways, the web provides information in ways that break down traditional hierarchies as it allows information to be linked horizontally while traditional approaches … Continue reading

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Does liberalism need to answer Tony Benn’s questions?

Many people were not fans of Tony Benn. They did not agree with his politics, or his political style. For some people, he was more in the mould of Michael Foot than John Smith or Tony Blair, which may have … Continue reading

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A suggested summer reading list for Edward Snowden

Dear Mr. Snowden, I realize that you have a lot of time on your hands so I thought I would suggest a summer reading list for you. The various books, speeches, dialogues and letter may prove educational and useful in … Continue reading

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Leveson’s fatal flaw: the Queen

Looking back on the Leveson Inquiry, it is clear that the review was fatally flawed from the start.  Although the terms of reference focused on the press, media relationship, the underlying issue was the way power is distributed and used … Continue reading

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Why we need governments in cyberspace: a response to the Strongest Tribe article

In the article, you set out a serious of arguments, implicit and explicit, about the need, or lack thereof, for governments in cyberspace.  In particular, you argue that the United States is the strongest tribe. There are some concerns with … Continue reading

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Obama, Reagan, and Huey Long: What has really changed in American Politics?

In his vote-harvesting season, it is important to reflect on the American political past to understand what has changed and what needs to be changed.  What connects these three men does not seem as obvious at first.  Reagan and Obama … Continue reading

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An extreme political camping trip or renegotiating the social contract: thoughts on Occupy Wall Street

My thoughts on the Occupy Movement is that it is dangerously close to being like an extreme sport like snowboarding in being an extreme political camping trip and not an intellectually coherent attempt to renegotiate the social contract.  From the … Continue reading

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A response to Andrew Rawnsley’s article: the future of the UK economy

Rawnsley piece is on the borderline of demagogic rhetoric and spirited opinion and its good reading. He taps into the mood and in doing so, he displays the same problem as the financial system. He offers a lot of feel … Continue reading

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Some tentative thoughts on why the Occupy Wall Street Movement will fail to change America

What has struck me about reading the blogs and the tweets about the Occupy Wall Street movement in the United States is thebelief that protests will lead to immediate and lasting political and social change.  I am not sure where … Continue reading

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The open data delusion: can we find meaning in the data?

The open data delusion is a phenomenon in which we believe that increasing the amount of data published or accessible will increase the public understanding of the issues. What the financial crisis shows is that the data was out in … Continue reading

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