The slow decay of Brexit: a Rule-Taking Country I don’t mean that the UK will stay in the EU. I fully expect it to formally depart next year. If the poor performance of the UK economy compared with the Eurozone continues, I also expect the UK to rejoin in a few decades, when the growth … Continue reading Latest thoughts on Brexit: Its Decay, Italy (and Ireland), Cars, and Giving up British Citizenship
Judging by some of the fruitful dialogues that have gone on here in the distant past and just the other day, I’d say that there is still a lot of work to do regarding a few concepts that seem to have meaning to them but are not really well-defined or well-understood. I am writing about … Continue reading Nationality, Ethnicity, Race, Culture, and the Importance of Citizenship for the Individual
In his latest blog over in Openborders.info, my usual stamping grounds, Nathan Smith discusses the need for citizenship to be voluntary. I agree with Nathan Smith wholeheartedly here. What value is citizenship if a man is forced to have it? A fellow citizen is someone you should be willing to share a meal with during … Continue reading Local Citizenship
A calibrated campaign of genocide in China Kapil Komireddi, Critic The art of dissent (under Soviet communism) James Le Sueur, LARB Is citizenship just a rent? Branko Milanovic, globalinequality Local citizenship Michelangelo Landgrave, NOL
Introduction In the run-up to the US elections, presumptive Democrat candidate Joe Biden’s lead over Donald Trump has been steadily rising, and is well over 10%, according to various polls. There are four months to the election, however, and it is too early predict the outcome. Many believe that the mercurial Trump is likely to … Continue reading The View from New Delhi: Trump vs. Biden
Essential essay on Sino-American relations since Nixon Orville Schell, The Wire China Does capitalist democracy have a problem with public health? Blake Smith, Age of Revolutions Is birthright citizenship the foundation of American democracy? Nathan Perl-Rosenthal, Nation Nobody tell Joakim about this (our bookless future) Mark Bauerlein, Claremont Review of Books
I hope y’all had a chance to check out Ussama Makdisi’s essay on Ottoman cosmopolitanism from one of the nightcaps a few days back. It was excellent, and serves as good complement to Barry’s work on the Ottoman Empire here at NOL. It’s especially good for a few reasons. First, it has a useful explanation … Continue reading More Arabs in the US? Yes, please!
Migration in Europe? Where to start! Kapka Kassabova, Spectator Aristotle’s definition of citizenship John Hungerford, Law & Liberty Michelangelo’s definition of citizenship M Landgrave, NOL What can the Catholic Church do? John Cornwell, Financial Times
I am on the road. I’m in Utah, actually, for a wedding. I drove here with my little family. From Texas. It’s a beautiful drive. But long. I’ll have more American pop-sociology soon enough. In the mean time, here’s Irfan on an important topic, and one that’s gone almost cold in libertarian circles: Thanks for … Continue reading From the Comments: Dual loyalties and American hypocrisy
The two Democratic presidential debates were performed against a broad background of consecrated untruths and the debates gave them new life. Mostly, I don’t use the word “lies” because pseudo-facts eventually become facts in the mind of those who hear them repeated many times. And, to lie, you have to know that what you are … Continue reading The 2020 Dems
If Mexicans and Americans could cross the border freely (scroll down just a tad) Jacques Delacroix, Independent Review There is a trade-off between citizenship and migration Branko Milanovic, Financial Times How the British reshaped India’s caste system Sanjoy Chakravorty, BBC Why is the West so suspicious of Russia? Rodric Braithwaite, History Today
The affirmation that one should not judge the historical past with current values forms a topic as widespread as the disobedience to it. However, a conscious exercise of the evaluative critique of the past allows us to identify continuities and disruptions in institutional patterns, i.e., in systems of incentives that are considered legitimate, whether by … Continue reading Institutions, Machines, and Complex Orders (Part 3): Evolutionary drift
Federico Sosa Valle email@example.com Introduction Countries can change their course, they can turn from stagnation towards growth, as it is the case of South Korea in the last fifty years. They can also decline after a boom period. Together with other examples of successes and failures, these are indications that economic performance does not depend … Continue reading Institutions, Machines, and Complex Orders
Just another story about a UCLA Bruin Wayne Drehs, ESPN A history of black voting rights in the US Pippa Holloway, Origins What is origin of China’s success? Branko Milanovic, globalinequality One final look at the Heisei Era Alex Martin, Japan Times
Barry Stocker firstname.lastname@example.org This text was written for the European Students for Liberty Regional Conference in Istanbul at Boğaziçi University. I did not deliver the paper, but used it to gather thoughts which I then presented in an improvised speech. I Republicanism has been on the rise as a term in political theory debates since … Continue reading Why Republican Libertarianism?