Today we discuss the Ethics of Authenticity by Charles Taylor. Taylor is Professor Emeritus at McGill University in Canada, and one of the world’s most highly regarded contemporary philosophers. We discuss Taylor’s political philosophy of Communitarianism, his critique of liberal individualism and what he describes as the “malaise of modernity”. For more, follow us on […]
Life in the cosmos is nasty, brutish and short.
Timothy Lynch’s highly accessible monograph “In the Shadow of the Cold War: American Foreign Policy from George Bush Sr. to Donald Trump” is lucidly written and extensively well-researched. Anyone looking for a basic overview of contemporary American foreign policy could do far worse than reading this book. I picked up Lynch’s work expecting to vehemently […]
The most telling thing about this book is its reception. The fact that J.D. Vance is now hailed as America’s “class whisperer” and is a paid contributor to CNN speaks volumes about how class is virtually absent from American political discourse. Only in a political vacuum such as this could a book as superficial as […]
People often remark that I am surprisingly conservative. Surprising at least, for someone who identifies as a socialist. Let this be my confession: I am deeply sympathetic to elements of conservative philosophy. And yet conservatism in practice appears deranged, not least due to its adherents. What explains this apparent contradiction? Contemporary Western political parties have […]
Predicting the impending liberalisation of China’s authoritarian regime is a popular pastime among some Western analysts. But it’s foolish to assume that China’s political development will mirror the West.
ANZUS was established in geopolitical circumstances that no longer exist. A changing environment doesn’t mean Australia should exit the alliance, but in light of a rising China, it must rethink how ANZUS determines policy.
Without profound economic change, the United States will lose its claim to global leadership. Only Bernie Sanders can reclaim American legitimacy and power for the Asian century.
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