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Equality: The Answer to Everything?

January 2, 2012 by

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Summary: The book The Spirit Level published in 2009 outlines strong empirical proof that greater income equality creates a better society. Greater equality is inversely correlated with a large number of social problems, and even rich people are shown to be better off in more equal societies. Causation is supported by reasoning and experimental evidence. […]

Mein Kampf

December 1, 2010 by

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In Fort McMurray, whilst investigating the oil sands, I found Hitler’s infamous book Mein Kampf. It made for an interesting read, providing insights into Hitler’s mindset. After having read the book I find I am able to identify some common, all-too-human traits of dictators like Hitler, Castro, Pol Pot, Chávez and others. The Book The […]

Fidel

December 1, 2010 by

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In the 1940s Cuba had a mixed population: white, black and everything in between. The indigenous population was missing after because they had been slaughtered long ago by los conquistadores. Much racial and economical discrimination was present at the time with the poor being of darker skin and living far off from economic centres in […]

Utopia as a Steady State Economy

June 1, 2010 by

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Sir Thomas More’s Utopia was written almost 500 years ago, in the early 16th century. [1] The book has since influenced many a philosopher interested in the concept of Utopia, in theory or in practice. It is an attempt to outline the workings of an ideal state – in this case a small island state […]

Bodies for rent

April 2, 2010 by

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Prostitution has always existed, but views on the subject have not been consistent throughout the ages. In the fifteenth century, prostitution was seen as a buffer against greater sins. In Florence an official body was created in 1403, the Onestà, in order to regulate prostitution. There are different theories as to why this body was […]

The Spanish Inquisition: an institution of terror?

March 1, 2010 by

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The words Spanish Inquisition immediately evoke images of poor prisoners being chained and tortured in dark dungeons. This impression stems partly from movies that depict the Inquisition as a ruthless institution that caused unnecessary bloodshed. The dark representation of the Inquisition however has a long history, since its establishment in 1478 by Ferdinand of Aragon […]