Hope.

But in the face of what was ultimately an election defeat for the left; I still feel more optimistic than I have in my lifetime, and if you’ll allow me, here’s why…

Rousseau and the Social Contract

Rousseau and The Social Contract “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.” – This is the tagline to Jean-Jaques Rousseau’s Of The Social Contract, Or Principles Of Political Right (1762) – Rousseau’s implication being that natural man is free, but is made a slave by the laws and constraints placed upon him…

Hobbes and Machiavelli – Social Contract Theory

Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679), a British, empiricist philosopher, described his theory of State and the social contract theory in his notable work, Leviathan (1651). At the time of writing, Hobbes was witnessing first-hand, the English Civil War, and this; as well as other key events that were ongoing at the time, such as: the execution of King…

Freedom Of Information Act

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT The Freedom Of Information Act was a New Labour policy objective instigated by Tony Blair, which was brought into force in 2005. The Act was designed to offer new power to the public, more specifically to journalists and lawyers etc. The basic principle of the FOI Act is that “Any person…

U.S. Presidential Election LIVE

U.S. Presidential Election LIVE This post will be updated every half an hour, or as soon as any big news or results come in. You can also follow my Twitter for more regular updates (any views expressed, or comments made on my Twitter are my own, and are not the views of the University of…

‘US Presidential Election: Why Family Guy’s vote counts’ by Tim Stanley

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/us-election/9633363/US-Presidential-election-Why-Family-Guys-vote-counts.html Above is a link to an article on the Telegraph Online about the importance of American television shows, particularly The Simpsons and Family Guy, have on the outcome of Presidential elections. With the US Presidential election nearly upon us, almost all of my time currently is taken up by obsessing over every news story…