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Recently the word liberalism have gotten a lot of bad press. From the public statements made by certain public figures, it’s the scourge of all social and political ills in the country. The problem here, at least for me, is they never define what is liberalism.

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The separation between church and state: Clarifying a concept

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Yesterday, my fb was abuzz with postings and comments on those who support and against the mix between politics and the church. What I find interesting here about this debate is no one seek to clarify the underlying concepts that are driving the debate. Rather it is assumed everyone understood the idea behind the concept of separation between church and states. More

Stop Political Thuggerism!

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In the early hours of April 19th, a group of student activists camping at Dataran Merdeka lobbying for free tertiary education found themselves attacked by a group of unidentified men. Their camps were looted and destroyed while being verbally abused. Apparently, this group wanted the students to leave the Dataran and cease their lobbying. More

Please, I’m not a Zizekian!

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One of the oft repeated jokes of Groucho Marx employed by the Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek goes like this: He may look like an idiot and sounds like an idiot but don’t let that fool you. He is an idiot. To rephrase this joke, I may look like a Zizekian and sounds like a Zizekian. But don’t let that fool you, I’m a Zizekian. Indeed, looking at some of my blogs and tags which I get on FB whenever Zizek comes up, one would assume I’m a Zizekian. More

Can Malaysians Do Political Philosophy?

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political-philosophy-essential-texts-steven-m-cahn-paperback-cover-artA friend of mine, Ahmad Fuad, posted an essay in his Facebook entitled “Do Malaysians Need Political Philosophy?” Basically he is arguing for the need for political philosophy in the country. What caught my attention was his observation of how we disavow the need for serious thinking about the nation’s politics. For Malaysians, we are either indifferent to political philosophy by saying (i) it is too abstract or it’s a Western invention that is not applicable to the country; or (ii) we are cynical “hell, politics is about bread and butter issues! We don’t need some airy-fairy theory to tell us what is politics!”

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