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Category Archives: philosophy
When facts don’t matter, democracy dies.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts. – Daniel Patrick Moynihan The reason people think facts are subjective is that facts are not self-evident, they require context to be understood. We could say that Belgium … Continue reading
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Incest and tyranny, Trump fits a pattern
Incest is an abuse of power. The incest, though, is more than physical abuse as it can include emotional or psychological elements. From ancient times, incest was shunned for its effect on the family and more widely on society. For … Continue reading
Posted in censorship, corruption, justice, philosophy, privacy, public opinion Tagged Aristotle, Athens, election 2016, Harmodius and Aristogeiton, Trump, tyranny 1 Comment
Why QCs like cross examination: they can destroy witnesses.
In the recent case of Lord Janner, we are told that those who make the allegations must face cross examination. We are told that this is necessary for justice. We are told that this is what the UK legal system … Continue reading
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Tyrants, Incest and the Trumps (revised)
We know from history, that tyrants display a disordered eros, an erotic longing, to rule others. The tyrant’s desire to rule others is often accompanied by other appetites for food, drink, drugs, and sex. In particular, their sexuality and its … Continue reading
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A commentary on Zizek: either stop talking or stop thinking
In the immediate aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris, Slavoj Zizek wrote a column for the Guardian. Hs purported goal was to help us, the West, think about or even think through the shootings. One imagines that he … Continue reading
Posted in censorship, corruption, philosophy, privacy, public opinion Tagged benjamin, Charlie Hebdo, fundamentalism, Islam, islamo-fascist, zizek 2 Comments
Why Andrew Sullivan is wrong about America, Trump, and extreme democracy
In a provocative essay, Andrew Sullivan suggests America is an extreme democracy ripe for tyranny. America’s multiculturalism, sexual freedom, disrespect for any authority or expertise and intolerance of any inequality whether earned or natural characterise its extremism. These characteristics challenge … Continue reading
Posted in corruption, justice, philosophy, public opinion, statesmanship, surveillance Tagged andrew sullivan, Donald Trump, elections, extreme democracy, Hilary Clinton, Trump, tyranny 2 Comments
Should Caitlyn Jenner be Donald Trump’s Vice President?
On the surface, the pairing seems improbable if not impossible. What, if anything, do they have in common? They appear to share little except their celebrity status. Beneath the surface, though, they are animated by the same thing, a disordered … Continue reading
Posted in corruption, Government, philosophy, republicanism, statesmanship Tagged Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, President of the United States, Republican Party United States Comments Off on Should Caitlyn Jenner be Donald Trump’s Vice President?
Why is the Queen silent on Hillsborough?
The Queen has not made a public statement about the Hillsborough finding of fact. Despite, 96 citizens being unlawfully killed, she is silent. In 2007 when 56 UK citizens died in a terrorist attack, she and other members of the … Continue reading
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To whom is the UK government accountable?
The question seems simple and the answer seems obvious. Yes, the UK government is accountable. If we understand being accountable as fitting one of the four types that Lord Sharman recommended, then it appears accountable. giving an explanation providing further … Continue reading
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