Politics

Place where I call home, in the Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong.

Judicial Independence and Separation of Powers in Hong Kong

A mentor once told me that philosophy is to be lived, and that philosophical questions are questions about the way one lives, instead of the academic pursuits that some believe, for otherwise they are nothing more than intellectual games. This view is in line with the thought and writing of Aristotle, one of the most…

Admiring the magnificent Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France.

Dis-disinformation Campaigns

You know how people say that a smart person learns from his own mistakes but a genius learns from those of others, the French have just demonstrated this in their latest election. In a report named Successfully Countering Russian Electoral Interference by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), steps and lessons are outlined…

The Euro Sign at the Eurotower, Seat of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany.

Karl Marx and Class Struggles

‘The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles’ is what Karl Marx, one of the most influential revolutionaries and a lesser-known philosopher, believed to be the core of the problem with capitalism and the capitalist mode of production, and is how he started the dialogue in The Communist Manifesto, as a call to…

The view outside the place where I called home during my undergraduate studies in the University of Otago, in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Politics and Peace

Hannah Arendt, one of the most influential political philosophers of the twentieth century, wrote a chapter with a rather peculiar title at the end of her book, The Promise of Politics, that reads, Introduction into Politics. In it, Arendt provided an account of what politics today is and her view on whether politics has any…

English afternoon tea in York, England.

Perpetual Peace

More than 200 years ago in the year of 1795, the German philosopher Immanual Kant published Toward Perpetual Peace. In it, Kant, along with 6 preliminary articles that described steps to be taken immediately, proposed 3 definitive articles that are designed to permanently end all hostilities, and provide a foundation for perpetual peace: The civil constitution in…

The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.

The Right to Rebel

Roughly 20% of all nations have included the right to resist in their constitutions. There is little written however on how the people can acquire the means to do so. When things go beyond reason, arms is perhaps the only talk. The legal arms-bearing entities in a nation, which usually consist of the law enforcement and national defence, often report directly to the…