24 08, 2017

Right to Silence in the Age of Aadhaar

By |2019-03-30T04:31:18+00:00August 24th, 2017|Justice, Practice|1 Comment

Unless the right to silence comes of age and accommodates the technological challenges posed by biometric ID systems, the lacuna in the law which distinguishes between password and fingerprint locks can be exploited to render the fundamental right to silence -- which is often the last bastion of civil society -- an abortive ideal.

16 08, 2016

Muhammad Ali and the Spirit of the Sixties

By |2019-03-28T19:16:36+00:00August 16th, 2016|Arts & Letters, Justice|6 Comments

Muhammad Ali was more than just king of the ring. He was a political figure with enormous influence. Too many people today, perhaps especially young people, are unaware of this important fact. It is a fact worth recalling. The social conflicts informing the revolutionary turbulence of the 1960s are still with us, and in some ways are more extreme now than they were then.

14 07, 2016

Locke and the Right to (Acquire) Property: On the Philosophical Basis of Progressive Liberalism

By |2019-03-30T05:47:11+00:00July 14th, 2016|Justice, Theory|10 Comments

Do the rich pay their fair share in taxes? What is a “fair share”? Do governments have the right to tax some in order to provide services for others, or is this just theft? To answer these current political questions we must examine the philosophical underpinnings of liberalism, both in its classical form, as articulated by John Locke, and in its contemporary “progressive" form.

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