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Hobbesian Revolutions

May 15, 2011 by


In this previous post, I wrote about how generally Thomas Hobbes regarded rebellions in his book Leviathan. In this post I want to update Hobbes’ concepts to take petroleum-based energy into account. Significant economic changes were brought about by the world-wide switch to fossil fuels — petroleum — as the primary energy source for almost […]

Thomas Hobbes on Revolution

May 7, 2011 by


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 […]

Flags & Borders in a Revolutionary World

April 2, 2011 by


As the revolution ramped up in Libya, the people gathered around a symbol which identified them as not being supporters of the dictator Muammar Gaddafi. The symbol was the flag of the monarchy which Gaddafi overthrew, and was subsequently adopted by the Transitional National Council as their official flag. In the context of the post-Soviet, […]