Tag Archives: the Enlightenment

Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains

This must surely be a contender for the most well-known opening line of a personal treatise on political theory. Written by Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-78) in, possibly his most famous work, The Social Contract (first published in 1762). Is it not … Continue reading

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The radiating face of Gaia

I decided that my review of The Revenge of Gaia, as published by James Lovelock in 2006, was dragging on a bit, so have decided to finish it off. This is therefore the fourth and final part (and thus longer … Continue reading

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Who says the Bible is irrelevant?

Please do not worry that I am suddenly turning all Evangelical on you. Far from it. I just cannot get over how relevant the following words seem. They were written by former Pharisaic Jew, Saul – known to Christians as … Continue reading

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Breaking down environmental apartheid

My latest email from Greenpeace (below) tells of the success of a 10-year campaign to get big businesses to boycott Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) because of its role in driving unsustainable deforestation in Indonesia. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOxUm1_5LeA This is what the … Continue reading


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WW3 will involve water and/or Israel

I think World War Three (WW3) will be fought over access to water; and one of the most obvious flash points for conflict would appear to the occupied West Bank outside Jerusalem. I am grateful to Christine over at 350orbust.com … Continue reading

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Green philosophy in a nutloaf

Although it is a bit more complicated than embracing vegetarianism and hugging trees (hence nutloaf instead of nutshell), it’s not really that complicated. So, from someone who had not really thought that hard about it until this time last year, … Continue reading

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All things are connected…

In 1990, the CD One World One Voice was released into a very complacent world. It was the brainchild of Kevin Godley, who instigated an unprecedented worldwide piece of musical collaboration, which resulted in the production of the CD and … Continue reading

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Can modernisation be “ecological”? – Part 1

This is the first of a series of posts based on an essay with this title that I wrote earlier this year as part of the requirements for my MA in Environmental Politics. Introduction There are two possible ways of … Continue reading

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