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The Professors of Pompousness: It's Actually Russell Brand's Critics Who are "Stalinistic."

It is not long ago that I observed some social/ideological critics, including some news media figures, either sneering at Russell Brand’s “Revolution” book, or pointing out its alleged theoretical/practical demerits. 720 more words

Geoacademic Dynamics And Contexts

Belief in the imperfectability of man is the vaccination for utopianism

One of the most significant dividing lines in political thought regards the very essence of human nature. One side believe that human nature can be fundamentally altered and perfected, and that the perfectibility of man will arise once the proper conditions prevail. 1,886 more words

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We Can't End Poverty - the problem of aid utopianism

One of the common refrains from some of those involved in global development work is the assertion that if only we try a bit harder, donate a few more pounds and campaign a bit more vigorously then we can end global poverty. 1,450 more words

Ideology closes the mind and warps the moral compass

Since experiencing personally, and witnessing amongst others, the pernicious effect of ideology when it inspires dogmatism in people; I have grown wary of its seductive charms. 913 more words

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Is the Ethiopian Village of Awra Amba Really a Utopia?

My Ethiopian guide had mentioned a possible visit to the village of Awra Amba.  I had never heard of the place, so I looked it up on the Internet.   1,105 more words

Travel

Communism should be as demonised as Nazism (rightly) is

In the process of writing my previous post I went on several digressions. I decided to edit out the parts where I trailed too far away from the central point, which was to comment on the… 1,048 more words

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The Communist gulags should be burnt into the world's conscience

I urge you find three spare hours in your busy life to watch the harrowing BBC documentary Gulag. It aired in 1999 and marked the first time on British television that the breathtaking scale of the Soviet Union’s crimes against humanity was revealed in all its horror. 761 more words

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