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Democracy and the Limits of Secularity

Posted on April 26, 2013 at 3:33pm 0 Comments

Democracy and the Limits of Secularity


     Is secularity a necessary condition of democracy? This question prompts much disagreement. While adherents of the liberal tradition typically maintain that secularity is necessary, a new wave of contemporary thinkers, having observed the spread of democracy throughout the non-“West,” conclude that secularity may not, after all, be so crucial. But what do we mean when we say “secular society”?…


Book Review: Martha Nussbaum, Frontiers of Justice: Disability, Nationality, Species Membership

Posted on April 19, 2013 at 12:09am 0 Comments

Book Review

Martha Nussbaum, Frontiers of Justice: Disability, Nationality, Species Membership


What happens when expanding moral frontiers become inhospitable to old theories? Either we replace the old theories with new ones or, if possible, we make repairs. In Frontiers of Justice, Martha Nussbaum sets out to see what can be salvaged of traditional social contract theories of justice in light of three new problem areas: disability, global justice,…


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Speech Police: The Global Struggle to Govern the Internet, with David Kaye

The original idea of the Internet was for it be a "free speech nirvana," but in 2019, the reality is quite different. Authoritarians spread disinformation and extremists incite hatred, often on the huge, U.S.-based platforms, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. David Kaye, UN special rapporteur on freedom of opinion & expression, details the different approaches to these issues in Europe and the United States and looks for solutions in this informed and important talk.

The Anti-Narrative

Among the electorate, especially since the 2016 election, there is a counter-narrative at play regarding the role of the U.S. in international affairs. This "anti-narrative" has two main planks. The first is an across-the-board distrust of the media. The second is the "death of expertise."

The DEA in Honduras: Targeting Corruption in High Places

In Honduras, activists like Edwin Espinal are among the latest victims of a government whose level of corruption has made it incompatible with democratic development. A number of efforts are being made to combat this corruption, however, among them, surprisingly, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). DEA efforts in this regard began in 2012, a year that turned out to be a spectacular failure for the DEA.





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