Tag Archives: democratic deficit

Complexity strikes

One of the frustrating things about trying to have an intelligent debate about matters Islamic is the tendency to simplistic polarisation.  One is the “nothing to see here” version, where raising any concern about trends within Islam and Muslim communities is dismissed as alarmist and likely racist or otherwise bigoted. Any concern or suggestion motivated […]

A misbegotten Union – Guest post by Lorenzo

[SL: it is now compulsory, in order to practice in either England or Scotland, to study European Union Law (I managed to evade it at Oxford, just), which I suspect is misconceived, at least on the part of those who rather like the European Union. It exposes the bones of an organisation so badly run […]

‘The Destroyer of Worlds’

Many Westerners know one passage from the Hindu scriptures, even if they do not know its provenance: physicist Robert Oppenheimer‘s statement — in response to the first successful nuclear test — that ‘now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds’. The source, of course, is the Bhagavad Gita, and the speaker is Krishna, who — […]