Beyond Freud and Hobbes

What Economic Analyses of Law Have to say About Legalizing Drugs Introduction Psychology, medicine, law, and philosophy are usually in the spotlight when it comes to discussions regarding the legalization of drugs. These knowledge fields are indeed capable of contributing to the discussion in many ways. To psychologists and doctors, this is, above all else, …

Global Affairs – The Year Ahead

To say that 2016 was an eventful year for the world of global affairs would be an understatement. The US election and the Brexit vote gave serious shivers to the world. ISIS continued to terrorise the globe from Istanbul to Orlando. Europe struggled with its migrant crisis and countries from France to Hungary saw the …

2016: A Year in Review

The Worst is Over or Lynchpin for the Endtimes? I should open with something resembling full disclosure. As a wannabe lawyer and journalist, human misery is basically my bread and butter. Without it, I’d have little potential beyond being an office monkey who’d be lucky to get a salaried job in this economy. You don’t …

WHAT GIVES, 2016?

Sorting out the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of 2016   T’was a mood-souring year, dubbed the worst here and there. It’s arguable as to when things in 2016 really got bad. As a music aficionado/child of the 80’s, 2016 started to sink with the death of David Bowie. It was sad to see …

Shaming Melania

Who knows what makes Melania Trump tick? She’s hard to figure out unless you want to make “judgey,” slut-shaming assessments based on her appearance and her past choices. I don’t know that much about her, but what I’ve seen doesn’t exactly impress me. I’ve seen a photograph of her with a gold-plated baby carriage in …

Deflating the Orange Balloon

Thoughts after the First Week Following Trump’s Election The initial shock is mostly over. Yes, the American people elected a joke. A really, truly awful joke. However, in the midst of the hissing and groaning and jeering and other angrily vocal reactions, to my surprise, I noticed one particular person who isn’t laughing.   Donald …

President Evil

Thus Dies the Lingering Remnants of my Faith in Humanity   The unthinkable has happened: Trump won the 2016 election.   I woke up the morning after election night hoping the disastrous outcome that had appeared increasingly inevitable would be miraculously averted. That was foolish: even if you believe in miracles, you can’t count on …

The Environmental Policy Cycle

Reflecting on the Paris Agreement   “If we don’t start taking additional action now … we will grieve over the avoidable human tragedy. The growing numbers of climate refugees hit by hunger, poverty, illness and conflict will be a constant reminder of our failure to deliver. The science shows that we need to move much …