If being a citizen means participating as an individual within a wider political community that confers certain duties and entitlements, such as the rights to speak freely, vote or to own property, then the whole subject of citizenship needs a radical overhaul, in line with new developments and new challenges of our times….
Everybody warned this would be no ordinary invitation, and they were right. Three hundred metres from Knightsbridge underground station, just a stone’s throw from fashion-conscious Harrods, I suddenly encounter a wall of police. I try to remember my instructions. Look straight ahead. Avoid eye contact. If asked my name, reply with a question. Ask who [...]
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Final Public Lecture, Tom Paine 200 Celebrations, Thetford, 7 November 2009, Norfolk Summary Written during a period when the gap between rich and poor was fast widening in post-Jacobin France, Thomas Paine’s Agrarian Justice opposed to Agrarian Law, and to Agrarian Monopoly (1795/6) is among his most far-sighted writings. It sketched an entirely original plan for [...]
Leicht überarbeitete und übersetzte Version eines Vortrages am Zentrum für Niederlande-Studien der Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität Münster, 8. Januar 2008. PDF
Since new citizens cannot be created all at once,
you must begin by making use of those who exist,
and to offer a new path for their hopes is the way
to make them want to follow it…
The Age, May 11 2003 At Maralinga, the British Government treated Aborigines, Australian servicemen and even its own troops as scientific guinea pigs. John Keane , whose father was there, looks at the dirty games that were played in the desert of South Australia. PDF Version Here Listen to Audio __________________________________________ Len Beadell stood among [...]
Paper presented at conference on ”The Transformation of Civic Life” - Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro and Nashville, Tennessee - November 12-13, 1999.
CSD Perspectives, No. 2 Autumn 1993 EARLY MODERN ORIGINS What is a nation? Do nations have a right to self-determination? If so, does that mean that the national identity of citizens is best guaranteed by a system of democratic government, in which power is subject to open disputation and to the consent of the governed [...]