City street with elegant houses.

The empty metropolis

Ghost town London had its harbingers in literature and history. How will it emerge from its isolation?

Fantasy in Middle Eastern nation-making

There is frequently no real reason why one person has more claim to live or even rule over a piece of land than another. A reason, however, must be provided and it can often be found in a fantastical interpretation of history.

French painter David's The Death of Socrates.

Authority without knowledge

The worst form of ignorance in politics is an inflated opinion of one’s own wisdom. In matters of moral judgement, authority-dependence carries grave risks.

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