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True freedom isn’t as simple as the slogans, patriotic songs and political rhetoric would suggest. You must be willing to defend those who differ from you if you support it. That’s why some have lost their taste for freedom. […] Read More

Politics isn’t a zero-sum game. When political parties enter candidates for public office, more than winning or losing is at stake. In a divided electorate, the majority that won by a slim margin still must represent everyone. […] Read More

With midterm elections less than a week away, it’s imperative that you make the time to vote. It’s your privilege and your responsibility. Here are 5 questions to ask about your candidates as you enter the voting booth. […] Read More

Public libraries cost money. In fact, public libraries are expensive. No surprise then that when it comes to cutting the cost of public services, our public libraries and their budgets are also up for grabs. I posted an article on Facebook recently lamenting the loss of 900 public libraries in England and Wales in the […] Read More

Thomas Paine’s use of the Bible was at the heart of his incendiary critique of the political powers of his day. It goes, in summary, like this: The Bible denounces monarchy, and it’s no wonder because the monarchy is rotten so let’s start a revolution. Paine’s “Common Sense” has received a renewed interest in the […] Read More

We need to recover and adapt Thomas Paine’s critique of political power. Paine delivered a devastating blow to the notion of the British monarchy, and its attendant aristocracy, with his “Common Sense.” Just as the granting of a monarchy in the Old Testament was a “curse in reserve” to the Israelites, so the setting up […] Read More

The tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents, prominent among them high school and university students, whom the world saw on the streets of the territory for two months since September, were reasonable and peaceful, even in the face of sometimes terrible provocation. Last week saw the police clearing away the barricades and the few […] Read More

India, the world’s largest democracy, is currently involved in a general election process that will take many weeks to execute. Cynics have often raised the question of what democracy can mean in a country where as much as a quarter of the population cannot read or write and where politics has not only been caste-based […] Read More

The picture of President Obama standing with the four living former U.S. presidents at the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas is a grand statement for us, and the rest of the world, as to whom we are. No one had to die for any one of them to take office. […] Read More

President Barack Obama opined that “the world has lost one of the great champions of freedom and liberty, and America has lost a true friend.” He was referring to the death of the “Iron Lady,” the former British Prime Minister, Baroness Margaret Thatcher, on April 8. Maybe he should have said that our nation lost […] Read More