Friday , July 12 2024

Brian Bolger

Brian Patrick Bolger studied at the LSE. He has taught political philosophy and applied linguistics in Universities across Europe. His articles have appeared in 'The National Interest', 'The Montreal Review', 'The European Conservative' ,The Salisbury Review, ‘The Village’, ‘New English Review’, ‘The Burkean’ , ‘The Daily Globe’, ‘ American Thinker’, ‘Philosophy Now’. His new book, 'Coronavirus and the Strange Death of Truth', is now available in the UK and U.S.

Harry, Meghan and Me

When Aristotle repeated the wisdom of the Delphic Oracle of ‘Know Thyself’ he was preceded and followed by a long line of poets, philosophers and other idlers. The phrase spans all languages, all religions. It is one of those quick and helpful philosophical gems which, like the ‘Cogitans’ of Descartes – …

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The War on the Moon

There was a time when the HG Wells story ‘War of the Worlds’, made into a horrific musical score by Jeff Wayne, was pure fantasy. A time when ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ was an album by Pink Floyd and stand-up comedians, like Norm McDonald, could make jokes about …

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The Peace Proposal: Shadows of Versailles

A change of seasons brings a change of perspective. With St Martin appearing on a white horse to signal the first snows in central and eastern Europe, with the mid- terms behind us and the cost to the west growing like a US budget deficit, the talk has turned to …

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The New ‘Estates General’ and the Liberal Caste System

When the French Revolution abolished the ‘Estates General’, and appeared to usher in the Enlightenment virtues of egalitarianism, the accepted liberal historical view was that the age of absolutist and clerical elites had been confined to the dustbin of history. Whilst the absolutism of the past was replaced by varieties …

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The new Nomos of the Earth: The rise of federal populism

The consensus amongst liberals in the 1990s and, arguably, since Adam Smith, was a belief in the ‘de-territorialisation’ of the world. This was the belief that globalisation was a force for good, an economic version of Christendom, that the invisible hand of the market would produce benefits on a global …

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Alexander Dugin and the Murder of Language

One of my favourite essays is Vaclav Havel’s ‘Power of The Powerless’ in which he gives the example of the Czech grocer obliged to place a sign in his window: ‘Workers of the world unite’ Havel asks if this sign shows the grocer’s enthusiasm for socialist principles or even his …

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2084: The Interregnum and the post-Liberal World

The world stands at the ‘Interregnum’ of modern history. We are at a precipice of a convergence of analogous threats; the majority of which have been self-inflicted. The threats go to the root of questioning key axiomatic principles of science. Innate qualities moulded by thousands of years of genetic tradition …

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Exiting History and the Myth of the Bipolar World

The ‘End of History’ has been postponed. Fukuyama, its author, assures us that ‘the spirit of 1989 is not dead…and is being reawakened’ by the Putin hiatus. The End of History and the triumph of liberalism is still there, according to Fukuyama, the Putin incident just a blip in the …

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