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Identity Politics of Sri Lanka: A Perspective from the Buddhist Political Thought (Part 1)

Introduction: A Buddhist Political Thought

Buddhism – both as a religion (faith) and philosophy – has existed in South Asia, South East Asia and Far East Asia for nearly two and half millennia. 1,519 more words

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The Dictator's Handbook

I recently pointed you towards a book that has turned out to be a compelling and interesting read.

At the end of the day, it’s a straightforward application of public choice theory and evolutionary thinking to questions of power. 980 more words

Liberty

What classes are worth subsidizing?

A friend of mine has a great phrase that captures what’s wrong with about 1/3 of the population. They’re “people who would make good Nazis.” These are the obedient people who are ready to follow orders without thinking without having sufficiently high standards for whose orders they’ll follow. 736 more words

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The New Language Of European Populism

Civilizationist populism was first pioneered a decade and a half ago by the Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn. A stylish, openly gay, former Marxist sociologist, Fortuyn transformed himself, in the months before his 2002 assassination, into a stunningly successful politician by breaking taboos and challenging the dull, consensual style of Dutch politics. 27 more words

Foreign Policy

Freedom With & Without Europe

Freedom with and without Europe:

Indian and European Ways of Thinking

 

Lichtenberg-Kolleg

Göttingen Institute of Advanced Study

14th-15th December 2017

Venue: Historische Sternwarte, Geismar Landstrasse 11, Göttingen… 1,186 more words

News

Libertarianism, Classical Liberalism, Right Wing Populism, and Democracy

An interesting exchange has occurred between Will Wilkinson of the Niskanen Center and Ilya Somin writing for the Washington Post on the issue of the influence of libertarianism over the modern Republican Party’s erosion of liberal democratic norms. 3,489 more words

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Trump Isn’t Sure If Democracy Is Better Than Autocracy

What a difference a couple of decades make. Back in the early to mid-1990s, Americans (and some others) were pretty much convinced that U.S.-style liberal democracy was the wave of the future worldwide…Fast-forward to 2017, however, and autocracy seems back in vogue. 47 more words

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