The Role Of Fear And Identity In Uncertain Times

I think it’s important to understand how politics can be driven by fear.  That’s a common criticism of politics, but dismissing something as fear-driven is an easy way out that isn’t justified.  Fear-driven politics is a very normal thing and contrary to those who dismiss it, it’s very rational. It has a lot to do … Read more

Why Most EU Member States Need Brexit

They need to know what happens when someone leaves. Every country in the EU has large anti-EU groups, and also just larger sections of the populace that have legitimate complains about different aspects of the structure or laws that variety by country and its situation. This is arising from the over-centralization of dozens of linguistically … Read more

Some Thoughts On The Universal Income Conversation

A ‘universal income’ is an idea that has been kicked around a lot in the last decade or so.  Exactly what it means, and most importantly how much it costs, depends on your definition. The basic idea is that each citizen should receive from the government an annual payment.  This idea is meant to have … Read more

What Are A Government’s Basic Obligations?

What are the goals of a national government? How are we to evaluate the success of a society?  This is my answer, or at least part of it. This is nationalist – I believe that nationalism has proven the only basis of government provides human rights and participation to the population, instead of just existing … Read more

Understanding the connection between Nationalism, Democracy, and Human Rights

You will hear many complaints about nationalism and tribalism these days, especially from cultural elites such as academics.  It’s become stylish to present these as negative ideologies that contribute to wars, etc. The implication is that human beings can somehow function without the group parts of their identity.  But before we throw the baby out … Read more

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