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Trump, Murdoch and digital tabloids: from media bodyguards to Praetorian Guards

For I know that some human beings are like horses—the more they get what they want, the more unruly they are apt to become. [3] The way to manage men like that is to put the fear of the bodyguard … 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

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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.[1] 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

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Did Cicero writing in 44AD predict the rise of libertarianism and Donald Trump?

Did Cicero writing in 44AD predict the rise of libertarianism and Donald Trump? In his dialogue De Re Publica (The Republic) Cicero wrote an eerily prescient description of the libertarian movement. In this passage, the character of Scipio quotes from … Continue reading

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Oaths that define a political regime

All regimes have loyalty oaths for citizens and those who work for the regime. These oaths are important political symbols as they explain what the regime holds most dear. They explain clearly the basis for obedience. Such obedience is beyond … Continue reading

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