Democracy field notes

Democracy field notes

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The Arbitrary Detention of Julian Assange

The following field note is a short account of last Friday’s historic ruling by a top United Nations panel that Julian Assange is arbitrarily detained and should be set free, with compensation. It also…

War comes home

The Paris attacks were a ghastly media spectacular. What will be the broader historical significance in Europe and further afield?

God, the gods and democracy [part three]

The widespread belief that religion is plainly bad for democracy is misleading, or so the following dialogue on religion tries to illustrate, with reasons and examples. Conducted in Melbourne by the distinguished…

God, the gods and democracy [part two]

The widespread belief that religion is plainly bad for democracy is misleading, or so the following dialogue on religion tries to illustrate, with reasons and examples. Conducted in Melbourne by the distinguished…

God, the gods and democracy [part one]

It’s a plain truth that democracies everywhere are witnessing the resurgence of religious bigotry. There are moments when it feels even as if something like a new global religious war has begun, on several…

A Short History of the Future of Elections

The following remarks on the future of elections sketch the ambitious scope of an exciting Sydney/Berlin research project launched last week at the the University of Sydney We live in times shaped by the…

Citizens of the World

Two things are especially striking about the massive movement of refugees into Europe: running for their lives from the fear and famine, rape and killing of the wider region, people seeking sanctuary are…