America is a mature democracy now led by a president who may have bitten of more than he can chew. In this respect the nation
This seems to be the general attitude: that popular culture is something simple and not deserving of our attention. Here I put together a list of 5 books from the history of literature that have taken pop culture seriously, very seriously indeed.
Perhaps you've enjoyed George Orwell's Animal Farm or Nelson Mandela's Long Walk To Freedom. Maybe you've even tackled Plato's The Republic or Thoreau's Civil Disobedience. Here are some other hugely important, but lesser known, political classics.
In a straightforward battle of first past the post versus proportional representation, voters will make their decision based on self-interest. The tyranny of the majority, and thus the first past the post system, will inevitably prevail, as it did so convincingly in the 2011 referendum.
Whilst Plato had rather unflattering views of democracy, believing the wise philosopher should rule the state, this is what we have and is far better than any other method of rule we see in the world today. The onus is on We the People to make it work.
The press is awash with the brutality of this world. Since I was a little girl the big topic has always been peace in the Middle East... When we become so inured to blood and gore and it fails to move us, there is the risk of being permanently desensitised.
Books on philosophy and management have proliferated in recent years, but with very different aims and perspectives. Philosophy
It seems that studying Plato, master of the philosophical analogy has rubbed off on me. In a system in which the interlinking of government and capitalism has created a politically endorsed economy, the original foundations have been oft neglected and I wanted to get back to how, at least in theory, our public and private sectors interlink.
So it turns out we really hate spending time with our own thoughts, so much so in fact that we'd rather send electric shocks
It's been two weeks since Russell Brand was on the BBC Newsnight programme telling Jeremy Paxman that voting is a waste of time. Since then, it feels a little like democracy itself has been drowned in a political cacophony as Brand lovers and haters debate his prediction of revolution in the UK.
Brazilian and Japanese experts have discovered undersea rock structures, which could be evidence of a sunken landmass similar
Shouldn't university teach us to criticise simplistic or politically convenient definitions of happiness?
Love is a losing game. Or, in economic terms, a 'second-best' situation where one or more optimality conditions cannot possibly be satisfied.
It may be an unfashionable take given trust in our parliament fell to new depths in 2012, with less than a quarter of people tending to trust the UK parliament to make important decisions, but politics does a lot of very important things- and therefore so do MPs.
The LIBOR rigging scandal was the story of the last week, but this tale has some surprising parallels with the demise of Rangers. Of course the original crimes were very different, but both their supporters cited the 'greater good', as arguments for the continuation of the status quo.
For the first time, the public can have access to the innermost thoughts of university academics - and not part with a penny
What makes an octopus intelligent is not its brains, but its arms, and the physical perfection of these arms rather than the complexity of the nervous system that controls them.