Brave New World: Man, the State, and ‘Big Dope’
International / Opinion / Theory

Brave New World: Man, the State, and ‘Big Dope’

  By Francis W. McLoughlin   Everywhere in the English-speaking world, the tendency is one and the same: the abandonment of our mores of self-restraint in favour of a culture of self-enjoyment. Sex, drugs, and dubstep: these are the fixtures of our Dionysian age; and with its radical chic and flesh-pot barracks, adherents of this … Continue reading

The Russian Bear and the Milksop West: When Democracy Eats Its Own Tail
International / Theory

The Russian Bear and the Milksop West: When Democracy Eats Its Own Tail

by Francis McLoughlin The Kremlin has certainly pulled a number on the United States of America. What is it to arouse the ire of a superpower nowadays? After Russia’s foreign minister has gone to work on the U.S. secretary of state, I’d say not terribly much. The poor beast is too busy clutching its neutered … Continue reading

Honest Abe: will Japan’s PM stick to his plan for economic reform?
International / Theory

Honest Abe: will Japan’s PM stick to his plan for economic reform?

by Aiden Depiazzi After a brief and disastrously inept spell as Prime Minister of Japan in 2006-2007, Shinzo Abe was returned to power when his Liberal Democratic Party won a landslide victory at the 2012 general election. Nonetheless, the horizon was bleak. A sweeping majority in the House of Representatives was pitted against a divided … Continue reading

The Zimbabwean Zeitgeist: When ‘Change’ Isn’t a Meaningless Slogan
International / Theory

The Zimbabwean Zeitgeist: When ‘Change’ Isn’t a Meaningless Slogan

by Francis McLoughlin Last month was not a good month for democracy, at least not in all the places our newspaper-men and -women have their eyes on at this point of time. Whether it’s Reuel Marc Gerecht, a man on whose perspicacity I’d put big bucks, writing in the Washington Post that ‘Egypt’s experiment with democracy … Continue reading

“None of the above”, the most underrated reform?
2013 Federal Election / Domestic / Federal / Theory

“None of the above”, the most underrated reform?

by Kallen Martin White There is a paradox within the principle of democracy which has not really been addressed properly. As such, in my infinite modesty, I propose to call it White’s Paradox of Democracy. It goes along these lines: “For democracy to exist, there must be means by which the people may reject it … Continue reading