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Thomas Hobbes on Revolution

May 7, 2011 by

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One of the basic concepts one takes away from Thomas Hobbes’ immortal Leviathan, is that revolution is not a good idea. In fact, he very carefully lays out the reasons why it is a very bad idea, which I will loosely sketch out here. In a phrase, it is better to keep the devil you […]

Arab Spring will be US Gov’t Winter

March 23, 2011 by

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Featured image via Moroccan Congress in USA. One of the greatest assets of the US government over the decades — perhaps the past century — has been its ability to co-opt movements which threatened its existence. The marginalisation of Socialism, for example, in the early 20th Century is a spectacular example of this. Although the […]

Disassembling Barack Obama

January 18, 2011 by

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Symbols and concepts, such as a ‘country’, are typically easier to dissect than a leader, especially when that leader has garnered the emotional energy of a goodly portion of a population. So, as I begin this, allow me to state whence I come from politically. The most important thing I can stress, is that my […]