By Vladimir Ivlev
Joe Average is your typical upstanding citizen living in the safe cradle of his imperturbable suburbia. No kids, no wife, no valuable possessions, no ambitions, and a daddy complex. Joe looks at his fellow citizens engaging in political discourse, imminently changing the channel to the 9 o’clock preview of the new Gilmore Girls season with a tub of Ben and Jerry’s™. Joe Average is content with his uneventful life. A contention that annoys the philosophy undergrad. Through a cruel karmic trick Joe is suddenly transported to a low-scale apartment, a dead-end job, a market clerk spouse and 2.5 kids. With his bank account drained and his relationship with his father normalized, Joe, realizing the predicament he is in, screams out loud “Is this my life now?”.
Continue reading “On Gun Rights, Liberty and Revolt”
By Yury Polyakov
The Western World followed the capitalisation and democratisation processes that created the common ground for a normative basis of the regional European interest. Despite the active role played by the anarchists and the left, European countries sustained democracy and parliamentarism as shared ideals, whereas communism secured its strategic location in the Soviet Union and its influence sphere. The Netherlands obtained the essential element of all democracies – free and fair elections. This country formed a system with universal rights in 1917. However, the social transformations of today are global, and they shed light on the most sensitive topics that nobody wanted to discuss publicly in preceding decades.
Continue reading “2017 Dutch Election: ‘politics for everyone’?”
By Vladimir Ivlev
“”Regressive left” (also formulated as “regressive liberals”) is a political epithet, used as a pejorative to describe a section of left-wing politics who are accused of paradoxically holding reactionary views by their tolerance of illiberal principles and ideologies, particularly tolerance of Islamism, for the sake of multiculturalism and cultural relativism.”
There comes a point when a fallacy becomes so popular that even Wikipedia has an article about it. This article serves as an attack on the severe misconception of branding the social-justice warrior complex as being left instead of right. In fact it’s neither.
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By Theo Larue and Yury Polyakov
How it all started
Marine Le Pen and the National Front have jointly launched the evolution of French Politics. French politicians attempt to include ‘Vive La France’ phrase in every political speech that they try to deliver to the audience. The Presidential and General Elections in France are the perfect examples of robust procedures where such variables as the turnout rates and the political pluralism are considerably high in comparison to the US and Britain. Hence, nobody rejected the intention of Jean-Marie Le Pen of registering the National Front Party to take part in the General Elections in 1972. Continue reading “Marine Présidente! : France’s 2017 Revelation”
By Lola Scurlock
According to the UN, International Women’s Day is a global event to acknowledge progress made in women’s rights, to advocate for change and to proclaim the role of common women in altering the history of their nations and communities through acts of courage and determination. On the 8th of March, we will celebrate International Women’s Day and one of the top ongoing topics that will be discussed is the role of Syrian women in the Syrian Civil War.
Continue reading “In the blind-eye of the media; the role of women in the Syrian Civil War”
By Thomas Sherlock
We live in the age of populism, or so it seems. Populism has been used to describe the vote for Brexit and the election of Donald Trump last year, and is now being ascribed to Le Pen in France and Geert Wilders in the Netherlands. In all these situations the term is being used as an implicitly bad thing. But why?
Continue reading “Populism-What’s the Problem?”
By Gavin Davies
Humanity groans, half crushed beneath the weight of its own progress. It does not sufficiently realize that its future is in its own hands. It is up to humanity to see if first of all it wants to keep on living. It is then up to it to ask whether it wants to merely live, or whether in addition it wants to make the necessary effort required for fulfilling [life].
Bergson 1977, p. 317
There is a pervasive belief that human rights could be met if people just understood each other better. If only people could care about all people as much as their family and friends! Continue reading “The Openness Of Societies”