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‘Family Values’: Anatomy of a Straw Man

By Gavin Davis

What sets the Democratic Alliance apart from other parties is the culture of open debate that characterises its internal elections. Rigorous debate is important because it gives Congress delegates an opportunity to get to know the candidates better, increasing the likelihood of the best candidate getting elected. 1,195 more words

Politics & Media

Reflective Equilibrium

The Socratic Catholic recently posted a biographical sketch of his political beliefs: Neoconservatism, to Libertarianism, and Back Again. His post made me think about my own political beliefs and whether I was reforming them according to the dictates of reason. 320 more words

How equal can we become? Equal in what? Desirability gap?

 How equal can we become? Equal in what?

It would be nice to be objective in life, in many ways. The problem is that we have these color-tinted glasses as we look at all kinds of situations. 1,570 more words


How can Public Reason be constituted?

The idea of Public Reason, as I understand it, can be compared to a specific kind of lens possessed and used by people, which enables them to grasp and to realize certain issues in the same way – that is to say, when one makes use of this lens, he/she will be able to look at a particular perspective that is common to everyone else, that would, accordingly, allow for an evaluation using a number of criteria which are also realized and used by everyone else. 1,435 more words


"Searching for Pluralism in a Postmodern Age," By Anthony Deardurff

To many in the law, the First Amendment “right of the people peaceably to assemble” may seem little more than the aspirational vestige of a bygone era. 1,540 more words

Essays And Reviews

The end of the Independent Living Fund is a cut too far for a decent society

There is a concept, introduced by the philosopher John Rawls, called the “veil of ignorance”. Writing about distributive justice (who gets what), Rawls’ argument was that the best way to ensure everyone in society were to be treated fairly would be for politicians to make decisions from behind this veil. 507 more words



Socialism remains a reviled word in American politics. In the Obama era, political debate amounts to Republicans accusing Democrats of being socialists and Democrats fleeing that accusation. 467 more words