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Justin Trudeau: Popular and Progressive?

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By Rajan Soni As the world moves further and further away from values of openness, integration and multiculturalism, a sprawling faction across the globe has been left feeling hopelessly disillusioned with the state of politics. For many readers, endless lamenting of the death of liberal democracy will be an all too familiar topic of conversation. But there is one name that, in the midst of woe, seems to crop up…

Immigration, Inequality and the Politics of the White Working Class

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Liberal Democracy and the Problem of the Demos

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A Liberal Manifesto: How we defend globalisation post-Brexit

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The vote to Leave the EU on June 23rd was not just about the EU; it was a vote against globalisation and a defeat for liberalism. Of course, the arguments were made in the context of the EU, but the issues that were debated were much broader.  The vote to Leave was a vote against immigration.  It was a vote against ‘established’ economics.  It was a vote against internationalism.  It…

Re-Examining the UK’s Role in the Refugee Crisis

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By Stefanos Argyros, Features Editor More than 650 000 refugees and asylum seekers have undertaken the perilous journey to Europe, hoping for a better future,one of security and dignity where they will be able to live unfettered from the oppression of an authoritarian regime and the spectre of war. As the seemingly intractable conflicts in Syria and beyond wear on, the influx of refugees and asylum seekers will not subside….

Progressives should be offended by Labour’s “tough” stance on immigration

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Taking offence is quickly becoming a favoured British pastime. Although I am not sure what the statement “I’m offended” brings to any particular discourse, the use of the phrase appears to add moral weight to an argument, so I am going to try it out myself. As a progressive I am offended by Labour’s new stance on immigration. Its rhetoric is incompatible with the values that the party supposedly stands…

Disquiet in Dresden: Pegida’s supporters will not be silenced

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What started in Dresden in October 2014 as a humble gathering of 350 people has spiralled into a national movement that saw as many as 40000 supporters take to the streets last Monday. Pegida is the rapidly growing and controversial anti-Islamisation movement that is sweeping throughout German cities; now, perhaps more than ever, it is vital to consider its much-questioned legitimacy and role in German policy making. Pegida is an…

A Liberal Dilemma

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UKIP should remember Freedom of Speech does not entitle freedom to mislead The famous line by Justice Holmes of the United States, “the right of freedom of speech does not include the right to shout fire in a crowded theatre” loosely implies that to create a panic out of fear or irrationality is not acceptable. Similarly playing to peoples fear without explaining the whole picture, whether that be in a…