In his book Don’t think of an Elephant cognitive scientist George Lakoff explains how the language used in political debates often predetermines the outcomes of those debates. The reason for this is that different ways of describing something induce in us different ways of understanding an issue. This is very powerful, because even though we…

As of October, Andrea Ugrinoska is IFLRY’s new Executive Director, she is IFLRY’s only full-time employee, and is responsible for running IFLRY’s office in London. Krijn van Eeden, Libel co-editor, interviewed her to find out more about her and her role within the organisation. Can you tell me a little about yourself? I’m Andrea, I’m…

Migrants in dire conditions, arriving at Europe’s borders, have been in the news for more than two years now. European states claim to be on top of the situation. But are they? Are they doing enough? And are they doing the right things? This is the first of a series of articles, in which we, members…

You can read an introductory post to Krijn’s series on liberal political philosophy here. In what Hobbes calls “the natural condition of mankind” (p. 86), people’s lives are be “solitary, poore, nasty, brutish and short.” (p. 89) Hobbes believes this, because of how he understands human freedom. As I explained in my previous article, Hobbes…

You can read an introductory post to Krijn’s series on liberal political philosophy here. Thomas Hobbes was an early modern English philosopher. In his treatise Of liberty and Necessity, Hobbes defines individual liberty as follows: “Liberty is the absence of all impediments to action that are not contained in the nature and intrinsical quality of…

You can read an introductory post to Krijn’s series on liberal political philosophy here. This might sound like a strange question to ask, especially on a blog by and for liberals. What’s the point? We all agree that being liberal is a good thing, we all believe in human rights, living your life the way…