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US’ atrocities in the Middle East has to stop

Robert McNamara eloquently warned in the documentary The fog of war against the US tendency to take part in civil wars by supporting one of the conflicting parties. He said that one is deemed to loose if this is the strategy. McNamara further stated that this was America’s biggest mistake in Vietnam, and the reason why the US lost the war.  This ... Read More »

On conservatism, liberalism and opposition to the custodial state

One can argue that in Europe we have succeeded to some degree in erasing the historical class differences that characterized pre-industrial eras, thereby providing citizens with equal political and social rights. We also performed a process of institutionalization characterized by a strong state and continual political, economic and social reforms for the betterment of society. Market capitalism´s basic belief in ... Read More »

Hanne Nabintu Herland: On the fear of Western democracies turning totalitarian

The rise of totalitarianism in democratic states has worried Europe’s intellectuals for some time. The original fervent faith in the ability of modernity to overcome evil was significantly setback and reduced in the aftermath of the Second World War. (Photo: NRK) Left thinkers such as Herbert Marcuse, Theodor W. Adorno, Max Horkheimer and Michel Foucault all attempted to use critical ... Read More »

Hanne Nabintu Herland: Brave New World and totalitarian trends in democracies

Vigilance against attitudes that infringe on freedom is always important. Such attitudes move society in the direction of a tyranny of opinion. (Photo: Steffen Aaland) I will begin by reflecting briefly over the definition of a totalitarian society, so that we can determine if the retiring professor of Church History, Bernt Oftestad, is correct in his conclusion. Oftestad believes that ... Read More »