City vs Country- an Epicurean perspective

Here in the English speaking world, we’re all familiar of the tale of the city mouse and the country mouse: the city mouse invites the country mouse to his house. While containing riches beyond the country’s mouse’s dreams, it also contains terrifying dangers, like the cat. In the end, the country mouse decides his own …

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Some brief thoughts on Catalonian independence

A few weeks ago, the Spanish region of Catalonia held an independence referendum. The region’s distinct language and culture, as well as its prosperity relative to the rest of Spain, has made independence an enticing prospect for centuries. Moreover, the repression of the Catalan way of life under Franco has only increased animosity against the …

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Epicurus and Political Moderation

We’re a big fan of moderation here on the Epicurus Blog. In fact, it’s one of our core values, as you can see on the banner above. Epicurus stressed that avoiding excess was a key aspect of achieving happiness, and we wholeheartedly agree. Thus, we reject rigid dogmas and are generally utilitarian in our ethics …

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In praise of Colin Kaepernick

Just a short one today, I’ll be back with my usual-length posts on Sunday. Also note that I know virtually nothing about the NFL.  For those of you who don’t know, Kaepernick is an American football player, who has recently caused controversy by kneeling when the national anthem is played at football games. Trump has …

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Wagner’s Law and Larry Summers

Wagner’s Law is the simple idea that as an economy develops, state spending as a proportion of that economy rises. This is due to the electorate demanding a standard of social services the market cannot provide. With a society’s increasing wealth, widespread destitution, inadequate pensions, a lack of good schools and a backward military become …

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Epicurus and American Exceptionalism

Contrary to the insinuations of the American Right, most US liberals are not anti-patriotic, or even unpatriotic. The vast majority are proud Americans. Where most sensible people draw the line is between American patriotism- a simple affinity with the American state and its people- and American Exceptionalism, or the belief that America is uniquely important …

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Best of the Week #14 A friendship with Iran

Apologies for posting this late, I’ve been very busy all day. This will be the last of the Best of the Week series for the time being. It has been really enjoyable and interesting responding to various news articles, whether briefly to a selection of articles, or analysing one or two in more detail. But …

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Epicurus and the Nordic Model

Yet another of my Modern Philosophy posts, this one inspired by my recent travels to Sweden. I’m going to continue with this series for the time being. Hope you enjoy! In 2016, Bernie Sanders ran a passionate and determined campaign for the Democratic nomination. He did so with very few endorsements from Democratic figures and …

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