Why Only a Labour Government Can Reduce Anti-Semitism

An article from 2019 based on a Cambridge politics long essay (awarded a first) on the question of whether there is a causal connection between globalisation (defined as the geo-temporal expansion of institutional disunity and distributional inequality, as defined below) and antisemitism (also defined below) in history. What causes anti-Semitism? It’s a question not often … Continue reading Why Only a Labour Government Can Reduce Anti-Semitism

A prophecy of power and violence: Why ‘House of the Dragon’ is better than ‘Game of Thrones’

It has been said more often than once that the ‘Rings of Power’ series is nothing compared to Lord of the Rings. With the way prepared by ‘The Hobbit’ movies, Tolkien’s universe has been thoroughly ransacked. What was an epic fantasy series of books echoed in a swashbuckling, and occasionally moving, series of films has … Continue reading A prophecy of power and violence: Why ‘House of the Dragon’ is better than ‘Game of Thrones’

The medieval mysteries of ‘Attack of the Clones’

‘Impossible to see, the future is,’ notes Yoda in political discussions with the Chancellor of the Republic, reasoning, ‘the dark side clouds everything’ — an ironic admission in front of the secret Sith lord who had already seized the reigns of democratic power. The Chancellor’s next steps involved translating political power into military might — … Continue reading The medieval mysteries of ‘Attack of the Clones’

The evolution of political language

On the origin of ‘states’: A commentary on From the state of princes to the person of the state by Quentin Skinner Quentin Skinner, leading historian of political language. Rome, as Runciman (1983) argues, was a market society developed enough to be economically dynamic and politically disturbed but not so developed that it assumed a … Continue reading The evolution of political language