On ‘Macrosecuritisation’, The Pandemic, and The United Nations

It is not enough to simply recognise a common security threat alone. To succeed against it is to provide a common response – and this can only be achieved through the intersubjective process of macrosecuritisation.

On Modern Political Sovereignty

Within political theory, there are a number of concepts that are key to the enterprise of thinking politically in the modern world. One of these is ‘sovereignty’. For centuries now, what it is to be ‘sovereign’ has been at the forefront of our political concerns, and this continues today.

At Electoral Crossroads: An Analysis of Federal Elections Since 1984 With November 2020 In Mind

The United States stands at an Electoral Crossroads. Where will the 2020 Federal Elections be fought and how can past elections help us? This report details trends in the electoral data of past US elections with an eye to November 3rd 2020.

Isaiah Berlin on Morality, Determinism and Freedom: An Interview

In 1974, Sir Isaiah Berlin (IB) was interviewed by John Merson (JM) – broadcast on ABC Radio National’s The Philosopher’s Zone with Alan Saunders in 2009 – in which his thoughts on precisely this relationship were laid out in his typically fluid and perspicuous style.

Into The Maelstrom: Understanding a Politics of Paradox

This beautiful world of sheer human potentiality is cursed with its character of paradox. Whilst we can investigate the universe beyond the Kuiper belt, or modify genetics, in 2017 almost a quarter of the Earth’s population had no access to clean water, fifteen-thousand under fives died daily, and sixty-eight and a half million people were forcibly displaced.

Judith Butler on “Why Bodies Matter”: A Lecture

On June 2nd 2015, Judith Butler attended the conference to present a lecture entitled ‘Why Bodies Matter’, in which Butler examined the legacy of ‘Gender Trouble’, its thesis, and the rich tapestry of ideas that constitute her body of work since. Alongside this, Butler both concretely and lucidly ties together many of her thoughts concerning gender constitution, precarity, political action, the public sphere and the bio-political.

The 2019 UK General Election: Unorthodox Elections Make For Unorthodox Results – Data and Analysis

Now the votes have been counted and the politics about to restart, the question is: ‘what is the legacy of the 2019 election?’. Of course, the legislative result we are yet to experience, but as far as the electoral data is concerned, 2019 should be remembered as the unorthodox election with even more unorthodox results.

To The Whetstone: On State Coercion and Oppression

How contradictory it is that citizens of Liberal Democracies hold a number of freedoms, rights and liberties, and yet live simultaneously within a legalised nexus of mass surveillance the likes of which the Stasi could only have imagined in their wildest of phantasmic dreams. This is also before discussing even the prowess of social media providers, whose influence and data-harvesting slides through legal loopholes and committee-led critique like a draft through Swiss cheese.