1793: France’s descent into Terror, carried forward by flawed philosophy

The French Revolution, philosophically unsteady at its conception, erupted into fascistic Terror on the 5th of September 1793. Four years into the revolution, a consistent level of compromise came to an ugly conclusion. The Terreur lasted until the death of Maximilien Robespierre on the 28th of July 1794. It became bona-fide on the 29th of … Continue reading 1793: France’s descent into Terror, carried forward by flawed philosophy

How a failure to secure property rights caused the decline of Ancient Rome

This essay follows the logic and arguments made by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson in their book "Why Nations Fail." All research was conducted by Acemoglu, Robinson and their team. At its height the Roman Empire spanned much of the known world from modern day Iraq in the east, Portugal in the west, Scotland to the … Continue reading How a failure to secure property rights caused the decline of Ancient Rome

Communism isn’t cool

The next few weeks see the centenary of the October Revolution (commonly referred to as Red October) which kick-started the 74-year existence of the Soviet Union – the rise and fall of a failed communist experiment. This seems a perfect moment to ask, despite an estimated 56-62 million ‘unnatural deaths’ in the USSR overall (34-49 … Continue reading Communism isn’t cool

Introducing a theory of online media

Here I introduce the beginnings of a theory on online media production, which will be part of a broader set of writings in this area. The digital media landscape begun its adolescence in the 1990’s. The tail end of this adolescence, the present-day manifestation of the internet, has left us with a quickly developing environment … Continue reading Introducing a theory of online media

Defining the proper role of a police force

‘To protect and serve’: the honourable motto first adopted by the Los Angeles police department in 1955 defines exactly the proper role of police forces and their justification for existence. To protect violent breaches of person and property in servitude of the public that pay them on mass via taxation. The police have responsibility dictated … Continue reading Defining the proper role of a police force

The Charlottesville riots were a tragic revival of violent collectivism

The riots in Charlottesville, Virginia last month were a truly sore display of a most repugnant extreme. Abhorrent Neo-Nazis took to the streets committing violent acts - culminating in a terror attack that saw one woman lose her life and another 19 injured. The actions of the car driver can’t be denounced enough; aggression and … Continue reading The Charlottesville riots were a tragic revival of violent collectivism