Category Archives: education

Obama, Christie and Trump: a study in statesmanship (revised)**

(This is a revised version of the post. For the reasons see the bottom of the post) In ancient Greece, the statesman was often contrasted with the tyrant. A statesman ruled for the common good; the tyrant ruled for a … Continue reading

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Strauss, Weimar and the Crisis of the UK liberal democracy

Last night I sat down with Strauss’s Liberalism Ancient and Modern to read the chapter on Spinoza (Preface to Spinoza’s Critique of Religion).[1] I did this to improve my understanding of Strauss’s approach to the tension between reason and revelation … Continue reading

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Libertarianism’s hidden shadow: Tyranny

For most people the word libertarian makes them think of liberty. Libertarians want to ensure individual freedom. At the same time, people will seek libertarianism as opposed to tyranny. Despite the surface belief, I argue that it hides a tyrannical … Continue reading

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Persecution and the Art of Writing the return to an ancient problem

The story of the Bangladeshi writers who were hacked to death has not drawn as much attention as the Charlie Hebdo attack even though they share some similarities. The Bangladeshi writers wanted to write about atheism and to question the … Continue reading

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A night at the Symposium: St. John’s College Post Graduate Research Symposium

On Thursday the 7th of August, I attended the Post Graduate Research Symposium at St. John’s College in Durham.  The Institute for Advanced Studies hosted the event and Dr. Mark Ogden chaired it. The event had 10 speakers over 2 … Continue reading

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Snowden, Manning and Tsarnaev: is the only difference a pressure cooker? (Part 2)

(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

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Snowden, Manning and Tsarnaev: is the only difference a pressure cooker?

If we answer this question with a tentative yes, we uncover a deeper problem for liberal democracy. Exasperated by politics, the political process, and society’s failure to change the political system, the three men[1] acted in their respective ways to … Continue reading

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When the NSA cannot decrypt, the seeds of the electronic state of nature are planted

When the NSA can no longer decrypt encrypted documents, we will not usher in a new era of liberty or freedom. What we will learn is that our freedom has a dangerous limit. We will wake up to the truth … 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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A change of name but the journey continues

I decided it was time to change the name  of the blog. Although, I still believe the word statesmanship is under appreciated and should be used more to understand politics today, I accept that a lot of readers may assume … Continue reading

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