Is Populism the most Authentic Expression of Democracy?

Is Populism the most Authentic Expression of Democracy?

Shorn of accretions, the philosophy undergirding democracy, besides according reason primacy, appears to be best elucidated by the French philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau, in the form of the “general will”. That is, the will of the people which decides the collective interest or even good. But, while there are obvious issues and problems with this […]

The Muslim Prayer: An Enrapturing Spiritual Experience and an Answer to Existential Issues

The Muslim Prayer: An Enrapturing Spiritual Experience and an Answer to Existential Issues

The fundamental feature(s) of the human condition appear to be the inherent, intrinsic vulnerability and weakness of humankind and uncertainty thereof. Humans might have explored the outer space, landed on the moon, created and developed stupendous inventions and might be on the cusp of an Artificial Intelligence(AI) revolution , but the species remains and is […]

The Global Rise and Rise of the National Security State

The Global Rise and Rise of the National Security State

The modern state is a relatively new entity among the groupings that humankind has devised to organize itself. The state’s concomitant was nationalism; with the conjoining of either, the entity called the nation state came into being. The nation state , in its inception, was a closed and “neat” container of peoples who shared similar […]

An Unhinged World

An Unhinged World

The world, as a whole, is out of kilter and depth. In fact, it might not be inaccurate to posit that the world is in the midst of deep disorder. This much constitutes a statement of the obvious. What is a challenge is to tease out the reasons for these almost all pervasive disorder(s). A […]

O Jerusalem: Who will Mourn for You?

O Jerusalem: Who will Mourn for You?

Dozens of Palestinians were killed and hundreds injured as the United States shifted and inaugurated its embassy to  and at Jerusalem. The move, clearly aimed at according legitimacy to Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, is an in your face smack in the face of the hapless Palestinians, in particular, and Muslims, in general. But, as team […]

The Paradox of Power: Why a Tripolar World is a Necessity Now?

The Paradox of Power: Why a Tripolar World is a Necessity Now?

Pared to essence and shorn of accretions, international politics is all about power and its corollary, interest. It is, what has been termed, in a different context, the actual “race to the bottom”. While IR theorists have dwelt on power and held the concept and its practice “slippery” and “elusive” but Robert Dahl’s understanding might […]

North Korea and Tangentially Iran are the Winners from Trump’s Korean “Diplomacy”

North Korea and Tangentially Iran are the Winners from Trump’s Korean “Diplomacy”

Hailed as an historic and unprecedented step, the summitry plus the symbolism of divided Koreas leaders stepping amicably on each others’ territory, has had commentators in a tizzy and the courtiers of the Trump court (administration) swooning over each other. The implication of all this is that Trump’s Korean diplomacy has been an astounding success […]

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