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On the Despotism of Democracy

Thus, after taking each individual by turns in its powerful hands and kneading him as it likes, the sovereign extends its arms over society as a whole; it covers its surface with a network of small, complicated, painstaking, uniform rules…

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Rejecting the False God of Democracy

Despite the commentariat’s deep concern that American public figures from Huey Long to Barry Goldwater to Donald Trump ‘imperil our democracy’, few can articulate why, exactly, this is the case, and even fewer can precisely define what they mean by…

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The Secular State

Let us cease our mincing of words: for the present moment, with its crisis and its hazard, is not a time for muttering. The secular state, that famed secular state in which modernity takes such inordinate pride, as if by…

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On Media Neutrality

The growing and increasingly indisputable influence of ‘media bias’ on the ‘free reporting’ of the press has reached such a pitch in our day that it has come to constitute one of the facts which must be addressed by any…

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Decorum and Democracy

Much ado is made throughout the West of the recent decline in decorum in the political arena. Politicians who could once meet one another despite all disagreements in a spirit of calm and rational dialogue seem now not to be…

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