Comment

Opinion pieces on LSE, domestic, and international affairs.

Thatcher’s LSE: Legacy of Liberty

Max Marlow is the President of the LSE Hayek Society. He is also a second-year History and Politics student. Michael Shapland’s (Beaver Comment Editor) recent article on the LSE’s relationship with the Thatcher regime was well-researched, articulate and particularly poignant…

LSE Students share why they’re voting this General Election

For the first time in my life, I’m eligible to vote, but I think many young people will join me in feeling completely and utterly disheartened by the current state of British politics and quite frankly disenfranchised. I’ve always been…

Commonwealth: common vote?

The UK is having an election on December 12th as all of LSE, the UK, and even the wider world are no doubt likely aware. If not, well – insert “living under a rock” joke here. Among all the media…

Ignorance is not bliss: a case for caring

A rebuttal was offered a few weeks ago in response to a Comment piece written by a powerful member of this newspaper. However boring it must have been, I admire the effort taken to point out the glaring errors, poor…

Explanation Rebellion: the Art of Debate

What happens when one hosts a debate where all participants are largely united in belief, politics and purpose? On Thursday the 5th of December the LSE found out… The LSE Debate Society’s Fabian series undertook a shift from its head…

Thatcher’s LSE: the Queen of Capitalism

Why the LSE’s core values of independence, hard work and enterprise are more in keeping with the philosophy of the Iron Lady than the Fabians…    LSE’s roots lie in grand redistributive Socialist schemes, social justice, and an intellectual movement that…

Homophobia: a Western export

illustration by Christina Ivey Homophobia is a Western export, a violent by-product of expanding Christendom to the colonies. It all starts with a few misread biblical verses and ends with Uganda jailing women wearing mini-skirts — apparently only lesbians show…

Can a free a Lula stop Brazilian fascism?

(Written by LSE Alumnus Pedro Llullier Rosa) After 580 days of being a political prisoner in a federal precinct in the southern Brazilian state of Paraná, former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was released on the late afternoon of…

Queerness and the Qur’an

I was thirteen when I first realised I wasn’t straight. I had a “best friend”— if best friend were code for “I haven’t realised I have a crush on you yet because I thought I was only supposed to feel…

Heteronormativity: the underpinnings of LSE culture

Heteronormativity can be understood as the assumed normalcy of heterosexuality where social norms presume that all people fit neatly into two complementary genders. This presumption is such that all other expressions of sexuality and gender are reduced to mere ‘others’…