The debate whether to limit free speech is a highly complex and often a controversial topic for most people living in western society. In that it presents issues of discrimination, alienation, vilification, bigotry, and blasphemy, which are based on race, ethnicity, sexuality, religious beliefs, and personal beliefs. This debate, like all debates, has given light […]

In this essay I will be discussing the degree with which social movements hold importance in regards to democracy. A salience that is seemingly not easily recognizable given the broad nature of the subject, one that yields a multitude of various social movements in stark contextual contrast with one another throughout history. Whether it is […]

In this essay I will endeavour to argue that Classical Realists are wrong to assume that human nature, as defined by them, is the primary driver of state behaviour. In order to accomplish this task I will first draw upon and outline the origins of the Classical Realist conception of human nature. A conception that […]

In this essay I hope to show that F. Scott Fitzgerald’s imperishable novel, The Great Gatsby, far from proving that the American Dream is dead, instead offers a melancholy critique of the dream that is America. In order to achieve this critical vision Fitzgerald conjures up the confused ruminations forwarded by the narrator Nick Carraway, […]

In this essay I will endeavour to argue that the French magazine Charlie Hebdo had the right to publish what it did. I will begin by advancing some context. Given the broad nature of the question, and the many things Charlie Hebdo has published, I will focus my attention on their publishing some caricatures of […]

In this essay I hope to argue that all national traditions are “invented traditions”. In order to do this I will first focus on the invention of the concept of the nation in the modern era through an analysis of Earnest Gellner’s modernist theory of the nation, Anthony Smith’s ethno-symbolic approach to the nation, and […]