In Defence of Democracy


By Roslyn Fuller
I won’t lie – when I got the email from Polity asking me to write a book defending democracy, I was delighted. Yes, wedging writing an entire book into your life on a short timeframe means you don’t get a lot of sleep, but that’s a small … Read More

Rousseau


Is man naturally good? Why is he corrupt within civil society? And how can political art overcome this corruption? This book seeks to account for these aspects of Rousseau’s “system”. All his moral and political writings unfold from a few major intuitions drawn from his first feelings of injustice and … Read More

Don’t Ignore Conspiracy Theories

By Quassim Cassam

How can you not be a conspiracy theorist? It is a fact that people sometimes conspire and history books are full of stories of conspiracies by politicians and others. If you believe these obvious truths, doesn’t that make you a conspiracy theorist? Not exactly. The conspiracy theories … Read More

War and Political Theory


By Brian Orend

I’m happy to blog here about my latest book, War and Political Theory. I was excited to be asked by Polity to be one of the very first titles in their new series: “…and Political Theory.” The possibilities are quite endless, and I get … Read More

Generation Left

By Keir Milburn

Something remarkable has happened over the last few years. Age has emerged as the key dividing line in politics. Young people are much more likely to vote Left and hold left-wing views, while older generations are more likely to vote Right and hold conservative social, and increasingly … Read More

International Conflict Management

Across history, violent conflict has been the source of enormous human misery. War not only maims and kills the individuals doing the fighting but brings death and suffering to civilians as well. Beyond the battlefield casualties they produce, both civil wars and wars between states disrupt economies, displace populations, and … Read More

Should We Abolish Household Debts?

In her latest book, Should We Abolish Household Debts? Johnna Montgomerie explores the many consequences of indebtedness within the economy and society. She puts forward a simple but informed set of pragmatic proposals for household debt cancellation that can help the renew the economy to make a better future possible. Read More

Why Diplomats Need to Engage with Cyberspace

By Shaun Riordan

Clemenceau once said that war is too serious to be left to generals. By the same token, cyberspace is too serious to be left to technicians. Yet that is what we do. The point is made by the current furore about Huawei and 5G. The international standards … Read More

Žižek and the Paradoxical Privatization of… Communism

Terrible predictions…

In 1879, the magnificently named Sir Mountstuart Elphinstone Grant Duff MP met with a little known German journalist called Karl Marx.
According to Francis Wheen’s biography, Sir Mountstuart, in a letter he wrote shortly after the meeting, was of the opinion that, although Marx was a nice chap:… Read More

Why Should we Obey the Law?

By George Klosko

Whether we should obey the law is a question that affects everyone’s day-to-day life, from traffic laws to criminal laws to requirements to pay our taxes. Even if most people obey unreflectively or out of habit, the question remains: why we are morally required to do so. … Read More