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Abortion and Mixing Up the Political Categories

The relationship between theory and practice is always tricky, but when it comes to politics it can get so out of whack that you really do wonder what motivates people after all. 1,042 more words


The Clash of Civilizations: A Fictional Narrative Told in the Pursuit of Strategic Interests

Mohammed Ayoob, in an article that admittedly alters his stance on the work Clash of Civilizations by Samuel Huntington, claims that, given the current (as of 2012) states of affairs in the Middle East, there are few ways to account for what has occurred there except as some kind of conflict between the West and Islam. 1,696 more words

Theory Thursdays: Property rights in a state of nature

Throughout the writings of great political thinkers, such as Locke, Hobbes, and Rousseau, property plays an integral part. Yet, John Locke is probably the most notable theorist on private property, and the rights that come with it. 902 more words

Ross Brannigan

Chasing The Illusory Peace

Throughout history, the end of wars has required negotiations between the warring parties.  The most prominent negotiation being the Westphalian Peace Settlement that ended the Thirty Years War that had desolated Europe. 1,340 more words

NZ Party Politics

‘What reality was ever made by realists?’

Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North is a difficult book. Not difficult in the way that I find Joyce difficult, but rather difficult in that it defies any coherent understanding. 702 more words

Political Theory

Prozorov on Political Universalism

If you’ve found your way to this space, then you’re likely already familiar with the work of Sergei Prozorov.  The depth of his thought on International Relations as Political Philosophy is hard to match.   424 more words


Rule of nobody.

What some bureaucracies lack in size, they make up for in lack of speed.