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Tag Archives: Politics
A response to Keith Ng on Hobbes’s Leviathan
Thanks for the post on Hobbes’s Leviathan. As you note, it is a potent symbol and one with many meanings that wax and wane across different eras. In particular, the idea of the Leviathan as a great creature of the … Continue reading
Posted in local government, public sector, statesmanship Tagged Hobbes, Leviathan, NSA, Politics, Snowden, Surveillance, Thomas Hobbes Comments Off on A response to Keith Ng on Hobbes’s Leviathan
My response to the NSA public consultation
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
Posted in Government, philosophy, privacy, transparency, war Tagged Barack Obama, Edward Snowden, National security, National Security Agency, NSA, Politics, privacy, Surveillance, United States Comments Off on My response to the NSA public consultation
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
Posted in censorship, Government, philosophy, statesmanship, Uncategorized Tagged Philosopher, Philosopher king, Philosophy, Plato, Politics, Republic, Socrates, state 3 Comments
Why encryption threatens democracy
The basic encryption is like a lock for the front door. It will stop the burglar, which is its main purpose. Super encryption is only needed to stop an advanced burglar not the government. When people talk about advanced encryption … Continue reading
Posted in Uncategorized Tagged Democracy, Encryption, Judicial independence, Law, Legal Information, Politics, Rule of law, Security 4 Comments
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
Posted in education, philosophy, statesmanship, war Tagged Aristotle, Francis Fukuyama, Philosophy, Plato, Political Philosophy, Politics, Statesman Comments Off on A change of name but the journey continues
The NSA surveillance state and the illusion of privacy
The news of the NSA surveillance programme has been met with strong criticism in Europe. The European governments have publicly expressed their concerns about the invasion of privacy and its effect on US-EU relations. The statements, though well meant, ring … Continue reading
Posted in censorship, Government, privacy, statesmanship, transparency, war Tagged current-events, Databases, human-rights, Politics, privacy, Surveillance state, United States 4 Comments
In defence of PRISM: why we need governments in cyberspace.
With the latest revelations about the United States of America’s government’s access to various internet services companies, people have been outraged. They seem genuinely surprised that such action is occurring. What they fail to realize are two important things. … Continue reading
Posted in FOIA, privacy, transparency, Uncategorized Tagged Apple, facebook, Google, Government Communications Headquarters, Law, magna carta, National Security Agency, Politics, Rupert Murdoch, United States Comments Off on In defence of PRISM: why we need governments in cyberspace.
Vexatious requests guidance: weakening our power to make the state speak
The long awaited guidance on vexatious requests has arrived. The guidance follows from two distinct events. The first was the Parliament’s review of FOIA during which the MoJ presented evidence that suggested council’s were limited in their ability to deal … Continue reading