What Enlightenment thinkers would have made of Donald Trump
18th Century thinkers had grave fears about the seductive pull of demagogues
Scalia’s impact on the Supreme Court
He was a powerful spokesman for the movement against judicial activism.
Diagnosing the American illness
What will politics look like after Obama?
Neither of nor by the people
The 'image of liberty' in America and the Roman Empire.
An ode to Democracy in America
Why de Tocqueville's masterpiece is still worth reading.
Thanksgiving and Puritan geopolitics in the New World
| 27 November 2014
Puritan settlements in New England were part of a grand strategy for controlling the wealth of the Americas.
Why we should keep the cult of youth out of politics
Only someone at home with the humdrum of life is qualified for political activity.
Eurosceptics and family values
What does the new European parliament augur for human dignity and the family?
Is climate change a threat to democracy?
Two recent proposals suggest that the Ivory Tower has lost faith in the wisdom of democracy.
Trampling on youthful hopes, Russia radicalizes Ukraine
Putin's bullying transforms mere idealism into a real independence movement.
Democracy is broke. Here’s how to fix it
People are dying in the name of democracy while others are disenchanted. What has gone wrong?
Democracy in times of crisis
Without strong leaders democracies can only muddle through.
The next human rights revolution
China’s totalitarian system threatens justice on a global scale, says a renowned human rights activist.
Why do we bother to vote?
As Australians queue up to cast their votes in a Federal election, it's time to pose the timeless question.
Too many victims to remember
On August 18, 1941, the Soviet government killed scores of thousands of its own citizens. No one remembers.
Keeping the NSA in perspective
Remember Pearl Harbor? The NSA certainly does.
A case for bureaucratic clawback
When a fight over a cat goes to federal court it is time to call on a Catholic principle.
Pro-lifers taking a new direction
Prison reform is human dignity issue that needs to be addressed urgently.
Will Egypt become a totalitarian state?
The Muslim Brotherhood wants to control all aspects of the state and personal life after consolidating its power.
The marriage gap in the women’s vote
President Obama won 65 percent of the single women's vote by promising to look after them.
The coming social Frankenstorm
There is a storm brewing that the election results can only fuel.
Should 16-year-olds be able to vote?
Scotland's 16 and 17-year-olds will be casting their votes in a referendum on independence. Why not elsewhere?
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