Will Brexit leave Europe’s defences depleted in the face of an increasingly aggressive Russia?

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Brexit is just one of the many destabilising influences that face an increasingly precarious system of European cooperation. In fact, the haste with which the EU wishes to reach an agreement with Britain is largely driven by the need for Europeans to concentrate on more existential threats. Issues such as rising discontent over the migrant… Continue Reading ➤

Four lessons from Wittgenstein on Trump

The Trump Blimp in Parliament Square
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Lesson 1 – Politics is not science In Remarks on Frazer’s Golden Bough, Wittgenstein critiques anthropologist James George Frazer’s argument that the ritual practices (magic) of ‘primitive cultures’ are an early and ineffective form of ‘modern science’. Instead, Wittgenstein argues that societies use magic for an entirely different purpose to science – they do fundamentally… Continue Reading ➤

I hate to admit it but, on Russia, Boris is right

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Boris Johnson is not an enigma, he is an anachronism. A throwback to a time when floppy-haired Etonians with names like Alexander Boris De Pfeffel Johnson (Boris’ friends and family know him as Al) presided over the Foreign Office as though it were their own personal fiefdom. A stopped clock is right twice a day but… Continue Reading ➤

Have we finally run out of luck?

Source: Jerry Cummins

Human existence is frustratingly and sometimes terrifyingly arbitrary. Society seems to change chaotically. Nature throws us major curve balls all-too-often, with tsunamis, floods and earthquakes causing utter devastation and loss of life with little or no warning. The world can be a scarily unpredictable place, and for many people, the point of politics is to… Continue Reading ➤

Germany’s Dilemma: The Disastrous 2017 Election & Its Consequences

Merkel in 2017. Photo: EU2017EE via Flickr.

Four months after the 2017 federal election, when Germany finally formed a government through a coalition of Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU and Martin Schulz’s SPD, the nation breathed a sigh of relief. The election season had been gruelling. But despite the resolution of its electoral crisis, Germany, once seen as the ever-constant giant holding together… Continue Reading ➤

North Korea: Understanding the Regime

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Alongside the New Year’s Resolutions written by countless individuals across the globe, it can be argued that notable figures in international politics have also strengthened their resolve to change perspectives and policies in the new year.  For example, Kim Jong Un’s New Years Speech, in which he announced his desire to ‘alleviate the tensions and… Continue Reading ➤

One Belt, One Road, Many Problems

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‘One-Belt, One-Road’ (OBOR) is the chunky umbrella term for a series of Chinese funded infrastructure projects that aim to link China, the rest of Asia, and Europe. At a cost of $1 trillion, spread over sixty-eight countries, it is thought to be the largest infrastructure project ever. There are three main parts of the project…. Continue Reading ➤

Governments and banks use blockchain, you won’t BELIEVE what happens next!!!

Source: Jerry Cummins

Disclaimer This writer, along with almost every commentator who has published on the internet (which is several hundred thousand) or with a relatively reputable press (which is one… maybe), has a very basic grasp of blockchain technology. This writer has only mined sweet coin in colourful crypto-dreams, though they are the proud owner of a… Continue Reading ➤

Becoming One With Nature (Again)

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 “Over-civilised people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that [nature] parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life… None of nature’s landscapes are ugly, as long as they are wild” -… Continue Reading ➤

Trump’s Presidency is a Very American Success Story

Trump Alex article

In 1941, Henry Luce, the publisher of Time Magazine, called upon the United States to renounce its isolationism in order to take on a missionary role in which it would help spread and defend democratic values throughout the world. Not only did Luce think this the right thing to do, he also believed that it… Continue Reading ➤