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We need a Fundamental Understanding of History and Theory more than Anything

It is without a doubt that we live in perilous times, ripe with the inconsistencies of identity politics and the dogmas of the right and left. With the ascendancy of Trump as president, and the death of Fidel Castro, just to name a few salient events in the last few weeks, it seems that the world has become more uncertain in its collective understanding of … Continue reading We need a Fundamental Understanding of History and Theory more than Anything

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All good things must come to an end

Over the course of the last three years The Art of Polemics has served as a small non-profit magazine where history students, and intellectual voices were given a platform to participate in discussions about history, philosophy, and history. However like all good things, this must too come to an end. Yet this is not the total end of The Art of Polemics. The website will … Continue reading All good things must come to an end

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On The Politics of The Individual

It has been the case, more often than not, throughout history that individuals have sought the validation of others. In fact the central facet of an individual’s life may be based on the idea that he or she necessitates the approval, the ever present nod of others in order to persevere in one’s life. The emotional, or rather the sentimental remains the very poison which … Continue reading On The Politics of The Individual

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New Libertarian Foundations

The ethos of libertarian thought lies solely, and resolutely in the idea that the freedom of the individual must be an absolute, as long as no harm is brought to others. This is by no means a new concept, but one that has been shared by all great libertarian thinkers, from Friedman to Rand. Yet the decrepit state of current intellectual strains of libertarian-ism has … Continue reading New Libertarian Foundations

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You are entitled to nothing

It is wholly unfortunate that most individuals that are part of my generation today believe that they are entitled to things they have not worked for. They truly believe that they are entitled to gratuitous money, and services without a single minute of work. The truth is, the axiom of life, outside the unstable despondency of the “welfare state” as it has come to be … Continue reading You are entitled to nothing

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Nobody really cares about you, and that is a good thing

The words that I am about to write might come off as harsh, but they are the brutal truth. One which many of us choose to ignore daily. In fact many of us go through great lengths to try and live in the delusion that it is not so. The truth is that really at the heart of it nobody actually cares about you, and … Continue reading Nobody really cares about you, and that is a good thing

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The Difficulties of Writing American History

It was a rash decision on my part to go ahead and write on American history. In fact, it was perhaps one of the most difficult things that I had ever done in my entire life. It is more often than not that people lack the understanding of what actually goes into writing a history book, let alone one about the vicissitudes and complexities of … Continue reading The Difficulties of Writing American History

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Waterloo and the Advent of Pax Britannica

On the morning of 18 June 1815, few could have guessed that a sleepy village twenty kilometers south of Brussels would be thrust to prominence. The Battle of Waterloo, an epic clashing of arms, saw Napoleonic France face a coalition of Belgian, British, Dutch and German, Dutch troops under the command of the Duke of Wellington. Late on the morning of 18 June, a sizable … Continue reading Waterloo and the Advent of Pax Britannica

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Greek referendum live blog-as it happened-Closed

Greece votes NO as 92% of the votes have been counted. Closing remarks: Greece’s future now remains most uncertain at this might mean that it will leave the Eurozone, although a majority of the population does not wish to. PM Tsipras will have a mandate to take to Brussels and have a hand to see where negotiations will take his country. The current situation on … Continue reading Greek referendum live blog-as it happened-Closed