Podcast: The Ethics of Authenticity by Charles Taylor

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 […]

Review: ‘In the Shadow of the Cold War’ by Timothy Lynch

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 […]

Review: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

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 […]

Commonalities in Marxism and Conservatism

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 […]

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