“Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori”. “It is sweet and proper to die for the fatherland”. This is a quote from the Roman lyrical poet Horace, which was subsequently incorporated into “Dulce et Decorum Est” by the famous war time poet Wilfred Owen (Owen, 1965). Appropriately, from this one can identify similarities with Britain’s … More “British identity was superimposed over an array of internal differences in response to contact with the Other.” (Colley). To what extent did the decline of empire result in the destruction of British national identity?
Referendums have become part of common political discourse in recent years. The chequered history of democracy since the beginning of the 20th century, with two World Wars, the rise of communism and the general ebb and flow of democracy’s use throughout the world has firmly cemented democracy as an untouchable facet of any civilised society … More Referenda – Your One Stop Shop on why they are Ineffective and Undemocratic
By Nick Johnson The Education system in the United Kingdom is in turmoil. Reports from official organisations such as OFSTED have shown that classes in secondary education are overcrowded, under-staffed and often fail to complete the required syllabus in the allotted time. The trend continues in University education, where even the Russell Group universities … More UK Education – Are We Really Addressing the Major Problems?
By Nicholas Johnson Has the 21st century Washington Consensus politics of the western world and beyond become too democratic than what was previously intended? We can indeed draw parallels between this and Roman republican politics, since its rise with Brutus in 509 BC, until it’s fall under the dictator Octavian, or ‘Augustus’ in 27 … More Would the ancient Roman republican constitution be a viable alternative in the west today?
Written on the 18th of June, 2017. By the 15th of June 2016, 22 Islamic Terror attacks had been carried out in European cities. 2017 though, may present itself as an even bloodier year in the now alarmingly active terrorist’s calendar. With IS’s increasingly unstable position in Iraq and Syria, they have been actively … More 21 Attacks in Europe This Year: It’s Only Just The Beginning
Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement demonstrates the dangerous consequences of US isolationism in a globalised world, a sign of the opportunities afforded to rivals seeking to shape the word in their own image. … More China and the Mantle: Trump, Paris, and China’s Golden Opportunity
Introduced in ‘On Liberty’, and conceived by J.S. Mill, the harm principle states that, the only reason for which prohibition can be exercised rightfully over a member of a civilised community is to prevent harm to others. With an impressive liberal pedigree from such supporting academics as Joel Feinberg, it may be hard to understand … More Why J.S. Mill’s ‘The Harm Principle’ is Useless