History: The Executioner of Bad Ideas

Death, in some cases, is justified. A death resulting from a legitimate act of self-defence, or the adoption of euthanasia by an informed mind who no longer wishes to suffer are two such examples. But the state, when no longer threatened by the incarcerated individual, has no moral justification to pull the lever or press the button to end a life.

Louis XIV: An Absolute Monarch?

In a recent podcast, I discussed the merits of concerns that the next United States President may turn Washington on its head and govern as a maniacal autocrat. I looked at the culture of the US and reached a conclusion about the likelihood of Trump ruling the States as a modern absolute monarch. This blog takes a look at absolute monarchy, investigating the limitations in practice of the man most associated with the term absolutism, Louis XIV of France.

The US Declares War on Britain

There is no need to panic regarding this fanciful Daily Express style headline. For one thing, the President-elect has not yet got his hands on the nuclear codes, so we have some breathing room ahead of any US invasion of the United Kingdom. If this were to happen, I would assume it would be a […]

The Peace of Westphalia

The Westphalian peace treaties of 1648, agreed after years of negotiation, drew to an end the devastating Thirty Years War, which had raged across Europe, with the greatest effect on the German lands, from 1618-1648. What had begun as a battle between religious ideals had escalated to include sizeable territorial claims.