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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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Donald Trump’s imperial origins: a response to Eliot Cohen

Donald Trump is causing a stir. His success has unleashed the expected counter attack from the political establishment. In many ways he represents the final logic of the political establishment where its political immoderation is masked as effectiveness, fairness, and … 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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The UK’s economic inequality is permanent

All societies have the problem of economic inequality. How they respond is an economic decision and a political decision. As a political decision, it reflects a regime’s approach to its citizens and the common good. The common good is both … Continue reading

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Ferguson and the return of Martin Luther King’s dream

Indicting Darren Wilson will not end racism. It will not even begin to end racism in America. It will not send a message to racist cops. It will not stop black men from being shot by the police. What we … Continue reading

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Is the cost-benefit society’s justice harsher than the ancient political justice.

We often hear of deciding an issue by considering the costs versus the benefits. In many cases, this offers a good basic system for deciding an issue. However, when it comes to making a decision about a person, the term … Continue reading

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Should we follow Aaron Swartz’s example on civil obedience to the laws?

In his Guerrilla Open Access Manifesto, Aaron Swartz writes “There is no justice in following unjust laws.” In the context he argues that there has been a private theft of public culture. In effect, copyright enriches the few at the … Continue reading

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Ferguson and the death of the American idea

At the heart of the American idea is that belief that self-government is possible. Self-government is one in which there is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people can flourish. The laws are made democratically, … Continue reading

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Israel’s strategy in Gaza; creating liberal democratic tendencies.

Many observers argue that Israel lacks a strategy in Gaza. If it has a strategy, it is bankrupt because any success does not stop the attacks. A related view argues Israel’s tactical advantage cannot be turned into strategic victory. By … 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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