Tag Archives: Plato

Journalists wrestling Trump for the truth: Fake News and a Post-Truth society?

Jay Rosen in his article (“The Trump White House has turned into a kind of playground for the press.”) has hit upon two important truths about the Trump presidency, the press and the problem of “fake news”.[1] First, Trump like … Continue reading

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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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Why should the philosopher talk to the political man and why should the political man listen?

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

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The Death of Detroit and the decline of America’s common good

A solemn crowd gathers outside the Stock Exchange after the crash. 1929. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)      America has become ruled by love of gain greater than a love of wisdom. Detroit’s failure teaches us a lesson about the love of … 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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Private memories, the web, and public accountability

In the past year, two high profile cases re-emerged in the public sphere after simmering in the background for over twenty years.  The first is the Hillsborough Inquiry of the Hillsborough Disaster. The second is the Daniel Morgan murder case.  … Continue reading

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Jay, Leveson, our modern day version of a Socratic dialogue

I have been enjoying the Leveson inquiry despite its depressing revelations. For many, what is of interest is seeing the powerful being brought to account.  For others, it is a chance to see the issues raised by phone hacking addressed.  … Continue reading

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