Political Affairs

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The Demerits of Presidentialism: A Reassessment of the Brazilian monarchy

Note: This article is a follow-up to a previous discussion on the merits of presidentialism. To save having to recycle entire portions of text, it should be read as a response to it, and retraction of the original position argued,  available at https://the-ivory-tower.com/presidentialism-merits-return-monarchy-solution-brazils-problems/   The first installment of this essay was informed admittedly by a…

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Presidentialism and its Merits: Would the return of the Monarchy be a solution to Brazil’s problems?

Seldom does the opportunity present itself to a people to contemplate their system of government anew, with a sense of possibility in the horizon. Often, the constitution of the State is approached as a Leviathan, an immutable feature of the landscape one needs to navigate rather than improve, or even more radically, alter altogether. Yet…

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The Silence of Cowards

On Monday evening, at 10:33PM a suicide bomber attacked the crowded foyer of the Manchester Arena. The Arena was packed with thousands of young women and girls, along with their parents, all there to watch the US pop-star Ariana Grande perform. Just as the concert came to a close and parents were streaming into the…