On Positive Liberty

“As for Otanes, he wished neither to rule nor to be ruled—the exact opposite of Aristotle’s notion of true civic liberty. … [This ideal] remains isolated and, until Epicurus, undeveloped … the notion had not explicitly emerged” – Isaiah Berlin. Liberty: a notion steeped in millennia of political discourse and philosophical disagreement. Modern writing on liberty is saturated with squabbling over its meaning and reality; tension … Continue reading On Positive Liberty

Reformation Day: Three ways the Protestant Reformation shaped the modern world

On this day 502 years ago, an obscure German monk named Martin Luther nailed a list of 95 grievances with the Roman Catholic Church to the castle church door in Wittenberg. These ‘Ninety-Five Theses’ outlined doctrines and practices of the Church that Luther perceived to be unscriptural and corrupt. The most infamous of these was the selling of indulgences, where people could allegedly purchase shorter … Continue reading Reformation Day: Three ways the Protestant Reformation shaped the modern world

The Pearl of the Orient?

  “Hong Kong has created one of the most successful societies on Earth.”   HRH Charles, Prince of Wales   In 1997, an era ended and Hong Kong was transferred from the United Kingdom to the People’s Republic of China. For one-and-a-half centuries Hong Kong had developed, prospered and thrived under the influence of the West, becoming a beacon of freedom in Eastern Asia. The West … Continue reading The Pearl of the Orient?

Honi Soit: Qui Mal Y Pense

Throughout its history, Honi Soit, the student newspaper of USYD with elected editors, has never been far from controversy. Recently, this has surrounded proposed changes to the SRC regulations and other recent attempts which affect the ability of the paper to have absolute control over its content. It was met with significant backlash. Honi Soit is an institutional part of student life at USYD and … Continue reading Honi Soit: Qui Mal Y Pense

The Notre Dame: Reflections on Art and Architecture in Broader Society

There was and there continues to be a great outpouring of grief in the wake of the fire that has gutted the Notre Dame. Social media is flooded with messages of great sorrow and disbelief. People have been quick to post their selfies in front of the Notre Dame in previous years, before the fire, perhaps an expression of deep regret that this icon has … Continue reading The Notre Dame: Reflections on Art and Architecture in Broader Society

The Ramsay Centre and the Battle of Ideas on Campus

It seems as though the Ramsay Centre is getting one step closer to establishing itself on campus with a draft Memorandum being established with the University. A protest held today against the Ramsay Centre in light of the draft Memorandum is just part of a wider effort led by the campus Left to shut down diversification of thought on campus. As a Club that was … Continue reading The Ramsay Centre and the Battle of Ideas on Campus