Category Democracy

Facebook, a corporate government

Western democratic governments are generally subject to rules that hold them to account when they overstep the mark, ensuring that the government does not arbitrarily decide who speaks and what we say; a government cannot shut down a newspaper because it doesn’t like what it says. Facebook has no such restrictions.

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The Road to Serfdom

Democracy was fought for to give us all a voice, all a say in how things should be done, a share in the sovereignty of the nation. It emerged to make us all masters of our destiny. By enfranchising all of us, it makes sure that no one becomes a serf again.

What the internet shows us about anarchy

What would the world be like without borders, without states, without governments? A world with no taxes, no police, no social housing. Rather than going down the pub and talking to the resident anarchist, there may be an easier, and more instructive, way to find out. Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google, has called the […]

A false reality has contributed to a new political landscape

Nothing is real. I think a lot of us feel that this is close to the truth right now, waking up each day hoping that it was all a dream. Brexit didn’t happen. Trump didn’t win. Two men of the people didn’t have their picture taken in front of a dictator-esque golden door. But each […]

Is it time to take a progressive alliance seriously?

The Liberal Democrats have overturned Zac Goldsmith’s majority of 23,000, winning the Richmond byelection my 1,872 votes. This was a stunning victory where they were able to turn the byelection into a vote on Brexit. Richmond voted massively in favour of Remain, and the Lib Dems played to this. In addition, the Labour candidate lost […]

On the death of Fidel Castro

The death of Fidel Castro has sparked and supercharged the debate about whether or not he was in fact a bastard. Those who think he was a bastard point to his human rights abuses, especially his treatment of gays, his propensity to lock up political opponents and his distaste for elections. Those who think he […]