Surrendering your mental sovereignty. The smearing of Professor Richard Falk

The power of Twitter, and social media more generally, is astounding. Social media is increasingly used to disseminate information which governments seek to suppress; it is useful for organising movements; and it has… Continue reading

Bigotry with a veneer of legitimacy

It surprises me that the words which formed in the swamp of Melanie McDonagh’s mind have been smeared onto paper and published in one of the UK’s leading political magazines. She has penned… Continue reading

The individual and the collective, the state, and the excluded.

The individual and the collective, the state, and the excluded. A Comparison of freedom in Locke, Rousseau, Mill, and Marx In the work of John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, John Stuart Mill, and Karl… Continue reading

Ho Chi Minh and Hubris

No sooner had Obama made his comments which compared Vietnamese revolutionary Ho Chi Minh with American revolutionary Thomas Jefferson, conservatives seized the opportunity to criticise the comments and make allusions to communism. These… Continue reading

All watched over by Presidents of loving grace

“Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.” -Thomas Jefferson. During the 2008 election campaign Obama promised to preside over the most transparent administration in history, he indulged… Continue reading

The line of colonial difference

Probably the most thought-provoking concept I’ve come across in studying politics is the line of colonial difference. This theoretical line meant that renown liberal philosophers like John Locke could make impassioned and eloquent… Continue reading

A roll of the dice: Romney’s VP gamble

It’s official – Paul Ryan will by Mitt Romney’s running mate and therefore potential future Vice President. The choice to nominate Ryan shows quite clearly the difficulty Romney has had in energising the… Continue reading

That Jewish prejudice question

Louise Mensch, the Conservative MP, has got terribly upset about a question on this year’s AQA Religious Education exam. “Explain, briefly, why some people are prejudiced against Jews.” Mensch seems to have interpreted… Continue reading

The money war: Obama v Romney

Clearly I’m not exactly a master at creating infographics, but hopefully it’s little easier to read than the tables and graphs available at